Kirton pupils dance their way to the Auditorium stage

The Balbir Singh Dance Company worked with pupils from Huntcliff School in Kirton-in-Lindsey on a new theatre project
The Balbir Singh Dance Company worked with pupils from Huntcliff School in Kirton-in-Lindsey on a new theatre project
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Pupils from Huntcliff School in Kirton-in-Lindsey took to the stage at Grimsby Auditorium this month after working with an innovative dance group.

Huntcliff pupils, joined forces with pupils from Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg with wok with the Balbir Singh Dance Company .

The Balbir Singh company presented Champion of the Flatlands – a thrilling combination of performance art and urban culture featuring UK and Euro champion flatland BMX rider Keelan Philips – at the Auditorium earlieer this month.

And their piece was alongside the performance from the school pupils.

Champion of the Flatlands was the real-life tale of a champion cyclist; a passionate tale of dedication and perseverance, embracing failure, conquering nerves and overcoming self-doubt.

Audiences entered a world where difference was celebrated and trust was essential.

It was a mixture of athletes and dancers that never stop moving.

Pupils from both schools took part in workshops with the dance company in preparation for their performance.

The workshops included aspects of Kathak (classical Indian dance) focusing on technique, rhythm, musicality, expressional and storytelling dance.

Coun Carl Sherwood, Lincolnshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The aim of this project was to raise aspirations of local young dancers and give them the opportunity get experience working with such an innovative dance company.

“It was a very exciting thing to have Balbir Singh Dance Company in North Lincolnshire sharing their expertise with young people at Huntcliff School and Sir John Nelthorpe School.

“Everyone involved worked very hard to prepare for the performance at Grimsby Auditorium.”

The project was organised by South Bank Dance, a partnership of several organisations form the arts, sport, health and education sectors, led by Arts Development at Lincs Inspire Ltd and North Lincolnshire Council.

South Bank Dance is funded by Arts Council England, North Lincolnshire Council, Lincs Inspire Ltd, Yorkshire Dance and partners as part of a £100,000 project.

The two-year project will build on previous work, developing talent and quality at every level of dance provision.

For more details about the Balbir Singh Dance Company project and South Bank Dance, please contact Chelsey Everatt on 01724 297270 or email chelsey.everatt@northlincs.gov.uk