Primary pupils had a ball when they showed off their dancing talent at this year’s Berwickshire Primary Schools’ Dance Festival in Duns.
Around 230 pupils attended Duns Volunteer Hall last Wednesday where pupils from nursery level all the way up to primary seven showed off their moves in both creative and Scottish country dance.
Eight schools took part in the event which was kicked off by a joint performance from Ayton Primary School and Reston Primary School with their highly imaginative dance titled ‘Tick Tock’.
Pupils had been practising their dances for up to five weeks as the expressive element in the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.
Around 50 people including both teachers and members of the public were also in attendance.
Sara Green, class teacher of primary four and seven at Westruther, said: “They all really enjoyed learning the dance and getting to work together. They have been practising for about five weeks and this is the first time the nursery children have been involved so they did really well to work together and with the music.
“They should all be really pleased with how it went. It’s important for them to be taking part and for people to keep driving these festivals forward.”
Hazell Millar, PE teacher at Chirnside Primary School, said: “They danced brilliantly and we are very proud of them. Its a big thing to do in front of all these people here. They have been using their own time to practise by giving up their lunch breaks so this is a great thing for them and both the boys and the girls have really pulled it off.”
Olivia Roper, performing arts co-ordinator at Live Borders, added: “This year the festival has been very well attended including large groups such as Duns Primary School primary one’s group which includes 45 pupils.
“It is really good for the teachers that are putting their expertise in to see it all working so well for the kids. It is also wonderful to see that a lot of the themes come from their curriculum and the dancing is an extension of their learning. This is a great and creative way to show and share what they have learnt.
“That is the value of dance really as well as the children having the ability to share their work and learn so much from each other.
“They should all feel very proud.”
The event finished at 12.30pm with Westruther Primary School’s inspired performance called Dragon Dance.