25th Mar, 2017

A flash of the Bard for dancing youngsters

THEY were rocking at Shakespeare’s Birthplace this week.

Over 30 youngsters from Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) took part in a flash mob routine ouside the birthplace in Henley Street ahead of Shakespeare week.

They performed a routine to Shakespeare Rocks! – the official theme song for this year’s Shakespeare Week celebrations which start on Monday (March 20).

The children’s comedy musical about William Shakespeare composed by Steve Titford is already a hit with primary schools and naturally attracted the attention of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

PQA principal Debbie Hotten said: “We’re thrilled to take part in this exciting project for Shakespeare Week. The students had great fun working with the song and it enabled them to choreograph a brilliant routine mixing traditional Tudor dance styles with contemporary moves.”

Shakespeare Week is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a way to share and celebrate the playwright’s work, life and times with every primary school child in the country. Now in its fourth year the initiative provides teachers and families with free resources to teach and enjoy Shakespeare across all subjects.

It is not too late to take part in Shakespeare Week. Register at www.shakespeareweek.org.uk to access resources and ideas to celebrate Shakespeare’s creative genius.

* BUDDING dancers returned victorious after winning no less than 59 trophies at championships in Cornwall.

Mezzo Dance Company trains school children from Stratford and the surrounding area, and 32 competed throughout the weekend.

Eleven dancers also won championship titles after weeks of preparing routines and costumes.