Peter Bennett | 13/03/2019

Dance is fast becoming the leading sport in the borough with excellent work in both primary and secondary schools





ALSO Storm Boucherea-Thompson and Ayanna Johnson in Year 4 (Scarlet) represented St Mary's in the National South East Regional Dance finals.

Over 100 schools competed from the South East of England fighting for the five top places to advance and secure themselves a place at the National finals in Oxford on the 4th June 2019.


The competition was fierce with Woodcorft Primary school our most rival competition (They have won it for the past 4 years at both regionals and National finals in this particular competition) going before our girls. Pressure hit level 1000.

This year would not be for them!


This year, St Marys' tore the theatre down!

Such passion, finesse, power, magic and intense emotions only some of the words that could describe what this tiny duet expressed yesterday.


The packed out theatre that seats nearly 2000 people sat silently and transfixed with the girls and the way they dance. The emotion and storytelling was raw and beauitful and both girls captivated the audience.The judges even more so. They scored a wopping 196 out of 200 with one judge scoring them 99.


To say I am a proud teacher is truly an understatement. These girls did everything I asked and more. True role models and inspirational little beings. Such magic created yesterday!


Here is what their choreography was about:

Pieces title: “100 Days of Silence”

The Rwandan genocide, was a mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War. It was directed by members of the Hutu majority government during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed.

This Year 4 duet, through this choreography investigates and displays strength of feeling, pain, anger, tension, fracturing, anguish and sorrow – but also grace, restraint and dignity. They are portraying a friendship of enemies forged by this destruction. Bring on National finals!

Marie-Reine Bouchereau