Big dance effort for Olympic flame arrival

ALMOST 200 children from two schools took part in a world record dance attempt to celebrate the Olympic flame arriving in the UK.

Youngsters from Great Doddington Primary School and Manor School in Raunds joined thousands of pupils from 1,000 schools across the country to participate in the Big Dance 2012.

Schools across Europe, America, South America, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Far East were also set to join in with yesterday’s record breaking attempt.

It was held to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic flame on English soil.

A total of 50 children from Great Doddington School were among those taking part.

The youngsters from Years 3, 4 and 5 had been preparing for weeks for the final event.

Year 4 and 5 teacher Jo Chapman said: “The children worked really hard in rehearsals and they were all really excited about doing it.

“We were trying to beat the record for the largest simultaneous multi-venue dance, which currently stands at 264,188 people and is held by the Netherlands.

“We have been rehearsing for four weeks – it was quite a hard dance.”

Mrs Chapman said the school’s participation in the big dance was also part of a project about the Olympics.

She added: “We are learning about the Olympics and the Paralympics, and all the different kind of sports they involve.

“The children have been very excited about the games.”

At Raunds Manor School, 121 Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the dance.

PE teacher Mark Gamble said: “We took part in the Big Dance 2012 celebration, which was linked to the Olympics.

“The pupils loved it.

“Dance teacher Annabel Davies put a lot of work into the preparations.”

Jacqueline Rose, director of Big Dance 2012, said: “The global response to the Big Dance Record Attempt emphasises the power of dance as a platform to communicate and how it can unite communities.

“For the dancers and spectators, 1pm on May 18 was the moment that everyone expressed their creativity through movement that crosses all cultural boundaries.”