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Over the last Term the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 and Year 4 have been taking part in a unique experience to choreograph their own version of the famous Nutcracker ballet. This has been in collaboration with the Royal Opera House who through weekly videos and mid-point feedback have supported the creative process at every stage.

Learning from the professionals, the children have worked through motif-development, character dancing and performance skills – completing the programme with their very own piece of choreography which has been submitted as part of the nationwide ‘Creative Challenge’. On Friday they were lucky enough to go to the Picture House Cinema in Exeter to see a special screening of this year’s ballet The Nutcracker to inspire them further.

Zac said “'I thought the Nutcracker project was exciting because we got to try new dance moves and have fun trying to create a dance”. Sophia added “I like the way the Nutcracker was spilt into groups because we all had the opportunity to take part in the dance”. Following our trip Belle said, “I loved watching the dances especially when they were jumping, it was amazing!”. Sofia was thrilled with our visit “It was so useful to see the moves we’ve been learning being performed by the professionals”. 

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