World Book Day sees young children across the world engage with books in 'a big, happy, booky celebration of reading!' Although reading is an essential part of education, sitting down with a book isn't the only way you can explore storytelling, as Cliddedsen's dance class found out!
Leading the celebration day was Premier Performing Arts Dance Director, Faye Cottrell. As a youngster, Faye struggled to engage with reading work and would worry about reading slower than class mates rather than allowing her imagination to explore the wonders of a story.
The workshop was designed to encourage story-telling and sharing. Exploring the movement and activities of their favourite book characters allowed them to be able to improvise and travel the dance space as if they were in that character's shoes. The children were keen to bring famous fairytale stories to life through dance such as Little Red Riding Hood. The workshop also captured the children pouncing like The Cat in the Hat, hiding like Where's Wally and exploring the jungle as Elmo.
Speaking about the day, Faye Cottrell said, “The highlight of the book-worm dance workshop was the musical theatre routine. In just thirty minutes, the children learnt the routine of Revolting Children from Matilda: The Musical, based upon the Roald Dahl story book Matilda.
"Choreographed to be an upbeat fun piece of dance, the children practised their facial expressions whilst dancing, allowing them to tell a story of school through dance.
"All dancers received a certificate and performed the routine one last time at the end of day to the on looking pa rents. Following the success of the routine, we now plan to showcase the performance to the whole school demonstrating the pupil’s talent, efforts and achievements to their peers.
“This is a great example of Premier Performing Arts setting the stage for children to thrive with confidence, creativity and fun!”