Thirteen schools in Portsmouth have been chosen to take part in the regional final. Supported locally by Portsmouth City Council and the New Theatre Royal and hosted by Dame Darcey Bussell DBE and Diverse Dance Mix (DDMIX), the event is taking place on Saturday 8 June and aims to engage children in creativity, culture, fitness and dance to address a generation where screen time often supersedes fitness time.
Primary school class groups made up of pupils from years 3 to 7 (aged 7 to 12) from the following schools will be competing:
• St George’s Beneficial CofE Primary
• Fernhurst Junior
• Solent Junior
• Beacon View Primary
• St Paul’s Catholic Primary
• Isambard Brunel Junior
• St Swithun’s Catholic Primary
• Copnor Primary
• Lyndhurst Junior
• Mayville High School
• Highbury Primary
• Flying Bull Primary
• St Edmund's Catholic School
Portsmouth is one of seven UK cities chosen to take part in the event. The groups have been rehearsing two and a half minute routines chosen from five genres of DDMIX dance fitness and each group has submitted a video of their performance for Dame Darcey to judge.
Commenting on the forthcoming event in Portsmouth, Dame Darcey, said: “I’m delighted to work with schools across the country during this exciting competition, promoting health and fitness through dance. Best of luck to you all!”
Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education at Portsmouth City Council, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that Portsmouth schools have the chance to get involved in such an exciting competition, and I'd like to wish everyone taking part lots of luck!"
Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Portsmouth City Council, said: "It's so important that young people can take part in cultural activities and for Portsmouth to be one of the inaugural cities to host an event with an icon of dance is truly wonderful. I hope everyone gets dancing!"
The finalists will be photographed with Dame Darcey and will receive a certificate signed by her. Tickets for the show are available from the New Theatre Royal box office and parents and carers of performers will be given priority access.