Echo Echo & Steelstown Primary School
Echo Echo Dance partner up with 400 pupils at Steelstown Primary School
for a unique two-year project
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, known as Northern Ireland's leading Dance Company is partnering with local primary school Steelstown in an exciting two-year dance project designed to bring more movement into school life.
Over 400 pupils and 20 staff members at Steelstown Primary will be lucky enough to participate in dance classes, watch performances and some will even create their own performance with help from Echo Echo.
The two year education programme is funded by Legacy Trust UK's Connections programme which has been set up to help build a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Connections programme is managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Principal of Steelstown Primary School, Deirdre Gillespie said:
"We are delighted that Steelstown P.S has been invited to become involved in this two year project with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company. Having had initial workshops with every year group in the school and the opportunity to watch a performance by the dancers, both staff and pupils are very excited about the forthcoming project and doing more in depth work with the company.
"The staff were extremely impressed by the interaction between the dancers and pupils and how even the most reluctant or timid children were totally engaged in the workshops. We are looking forward with great excitement to the development of the project as it will undoubtedly add an extra dimension to the curriculum of the school and the experiences of our pupils"
The Echo Echo dancers will begin working weekly with pupils and staff this month. The programme includes a performance project with the primary 5s, a workshop for every class from nursery to p7 with Artistic Director Steve Batts and some in-class teacher support on how to use movement in relation to the curriculum.
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will continue with dance and movement projects in 2011/12, culminating in the celebration of Steelstown's 40th Anniversary in April 2012. It is hoped that Echo Echo's input can leave a lasting legacy in the life and movement culture of the school and its pupils.
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