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Three Awards for Rock Challenge Dance Group

A national competition gave a group of young dancers the chance to stage their own production and perform to an audience of 500.

The group of Key Stage 3 students, many of whom are taking GCSE dance next year, took part in the UK Rock Challenge at Portsmouth Guildhall.

 The competition was established to give young people the chance to put together their own performing arts production. It also encourages young people to be the very best they can, while making healthy life choices.  

The theme of KSA's dance was Olympian Gods and the group used the idea of puppets on a string to depict the gods' control over people's lives, with students helping to choreograph the piece.

The group also picked up awards for the following:

  • Hampshire Alcohol Partnership Award for Achievement in Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • Winner of the 2012 Rock Challenge Health and Fitness Quiz
  • Hampshire Alcohol Partnership Award for Video Performance 

Teacher Marissa Cadman and teaching assistant Joanne Ward accompanied the group.

Miss Cadman said: "It was the experience of competing against other schools and seeing the quality of other dancers. There were A Level students performing so it shows our dancers what they can do and where it can lead them."

Year 8 student Mia Gamble took an active role in raising money to help pay for the trip. She said: "It was good to be involved with lots of other schools and see other people's dances. It's given us ideas for the kinds of things we could do next year."

Kayleigh Tucker added: "It went really well for our first time taking part in the Rock Challenge."

The Rock Challenge group also competed in KSA's Variety Show and were voted through to represent the Academy at the K-Factor in the summer.