PUPILS at the Magnus Church of England School, Newark, are taking their performance skills from the classroom to the street to take part in a dance workshop led by winner of BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever, Joseph Hall.
THE winner of BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever, Joseph Hall, centre, leads a workshop at the Magnus Dance Studio.
Joseph, now a professional street dancer, whose dance company also reached the semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and Sky’s Got To Dance, is working with pupils to choreograph a piece for the upcoming Centre Stage Performing Arts Showcase.
The six-week intensive project is designed to encourage keen dancers to realise their potential and explore their creativity through performing arts.
As well as learning some new moves, the pupils have been involved in the creative process from the start.
Joseph has taught extensively across the country, delivering workshops for students of all ages across commercial and street dance.
Speaking during the third session, Joseph said: “They are fantastic.
“They are really working hard.
“Some of them have never done my style before so it’s all new to them but they are picking it up really well.
“They are working to a performance goal and will hit it.”
Year 13 dance student James Anderson said: “I’m enjoying the workshops.
“I respect Joseph because he teaches us discipline, inspires us to perform to our full potential and teaches us to be the best we can be. We can’t wait to showcase the dance.”
The finished piece will go up against dance, drama and musical performances from four local primary and three secondary schools at the Centre Stage Performing Arts Showcase.
Magnus community arts coordinator, Leanne Phillips ,said: “The showcase will highlight the wealth of talent we have in the local area as each school performs a unique piece created especially for the event.
“Our students have been so enthusiastic about working with Joseph and they are determined to prove how much they have learnt from him when it comes to the performance.
“We try to give our students the best opportunities we can and working with Joseph has given them an insight into what they can achieve if they work hard.”
The workshops are on Wednesdays from 3pm-4.30pm in the Magnus Dance Studio.
The Centre Stage Performing Arts Showcase is at the Everyday Champions Centre, Newark, on March 21.