Schools dance with delight after competition success

TALENTED young cheerleaders were left dancing with delight after winning awards at a prestigious competition.

Friezland Primary School were crowned KS1 winners at Oldham’s Gotta Dance 2018 while St Mary’s Primary School, Greenfield were KS2 winners.


Friezland Cheerleaders

Co-op Failsworth came away as KS3/4 winners at the event, which was held at Oldham Academy North.

Girls from Friezland donned brightly coloured hula skirts and necklaces as they impressed judges with their performance.

They danced to music from Disney’s hit film ‘Moana’, producing an intricate and lively display from their dancers of all ages.

Meanwhile, St Mary’s Dance Group came first out of 16 schools in their category for their Suicide Squad mix performance – claiming the title for the second consecutive year.


St marys oldhams gotta dance

The school said: “The team pulled off an amazing performance with every single member giving it their all. They looked the part in amazing costumes and performed a spectacular routine.”

The group, led by dance teacher Bethany Rigg from Oldham Sports Development, are now going to the ‘Great Big Dance Off’ National North West Heats in Warrington on April 23.

And a troupe of dancers from Saddleworth School got all their moves spot on as they sealed second place in the highly competitive competition.

The youngsters, who practice on a Wednesday afternoon as part of the Saddleworth enrichment programme, did their coach Alex Blake-Jacks, from Infinity Dance, proud.


Saddleworth School Dancers

Oldham’s Gotta Dance is hosted by Oldham Dance Development and is the borough’s biggest schools’ dance competition, held in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, and judged by educational and industry specialists.

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