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St Mary’s pupils dance their way through the decades

Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School Cloughcor certainly had a spring in their step when they took to the stage in St Pat’s Hall to perform their Decades of Dance show.

Brought to life by choreographer Emmet Stewart the toe-tapping show saw pupils, staff, classroom assistants and parents don their dancing shoes.

School principal Andrea Devine is absolutely ecstatic about how the night went.

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She explained, “As part of the Extended Schools Programme Emmet had been teaching the pupils dance at the After Schools Club.

“They were training for ten weeks and at the end of it I started to think how we could put on a show using everything they had learnt, and then I began to ask parents and staff to get involved. The response was just brilliant, everyone in the school took part. We started to look at music and dance from each decade, and then one of the teachers, Sean Haughey, was able to script it all together to make the songs link up. He was brilliant with lots of local references to Adria and Hugo Duncan etc… there were certainly some laughs.”

Taking to the stage at St Pat’s Hall for two nights last week pupils from P1 through to P7 all took turns at bringing their decade to life.

P7 pupils got the show underway with some flapper dancing from the Roaring ‘20s; next came the P3 class with Grease Lightning from the 1950s; then it was over to the psychedelic ‘60s for the P5 class who danced to Build Me Up Buttercup; before the P6 pupils took the audience back to the ‘70s with Blame it on the Boogie.

After the interval it was over to the grown-ups who indulged in a bit of Madonna mania dancing to Papa Don’t Preach, Material Girl and Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

The talented P2 class brought things more up to date with their performance to Beyonce’s Crazy; and bringing the ‘90s to life were the P1s who danced their little hearts out to the Macarena and Saturday Night; before it was over to the P4 students to close the show with an energetic routine from the Noughties.

In all 178 pupils were involved and praising each one of them the principal added, “They were all wee gems, and they didn’t let us down. It was great to see everyone involved especially as it gave all our pupils, academically gifted or not, the chance to shine.

“It was so enjoyable, and just so much fun”, she added.

Ms Devine also extended her thanks to all the parents and grandparents who supported the show and helped out creating some fantastic costumes.

As a fundraiser for the school Ms Devine says the total raised is not yet known, but she praised all the local businesses who helped out with raffle prizes and everyone in the area who supported their venture.

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