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EHS Does Strictly Come Dancing

26 February 2016

On Tuesday 23 February, there was an air of excitement around EHS as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ arrived at School. Since Christmas, girls in Years 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form had been rehearsing a variety of dances and dance styles.

The evening began with EHS’s version of Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly (Mrs Batchelor and Mrs Ehiogu) motivating the crowded Octagon, along with our special guest star from the BBC version of Strictly Come Dancing 2016, Jamelia.

The audience were treated to whole year group performances: Year 1 as the ‘5, 6, 7, 8 Cowgirls’, Year 3 gave us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Year 5 became High School Musical Cheerleaders and Year 7 were neon-coloured Party Night Dancers. There were individual performances from Harine Nemal in Year 9, Ruby Abbas and Anna Atkin-Willoughby in Year 11 and our Year 13 A2 Dancers, Chloe Simkiss and Susannah Murphy.

We saw a beautiful ribbon duet from girls in Year 9, while Bea Kessedjian and Olivia Brewster Ellis and their Junior Dance Club treated the audience to a performance of ‘Thriller’. Some of our talented students had choreographed dance performances for Year 10, 12 and 13 girls, who gave very emotive performances. Bea Kessedjian in Year 12 and her Hula Hoop Club also gave a terrific display which lead to Mrs Batchelor, Mrs Ehiogu and Mrs Woodfield competing against Jamelia at hula-hooping - which saw Jamelia’s convincing win and prove that hula-hooping is far more difficult than it looks!

The evening drew to a close with a stunning and mesmerising performance from members of the EHS Prep and Senior School Gym team on our tumble track. The audience were amazed by the talents of the all the girls.

The evening showcased dance and performance talent across the whole school, while raising over £500 for the Muscular Dystrophy UK Charity. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations.

A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all, congratulations to all the performers and staff involved, it was a real team effort.

To end in true Strictly style - “Keep Dancing”!

Mrs Batchelor
Head of PE and Year 7

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