Last year we announced our 2014 Anti-Bullying Week Competition in partnership with Diversity dance group. The competition was a huge success bringing in entries from schools all across England; each one showing us how they celebrate Diversity within their school using the form of dance.
There could however only be two winning groups who would get the chance to meet and greet Diversity themselves and we are very excited to announce the winning schools below.
Seven Hills School – Sheffield
Seven Hills is a special educational needs school for students with complex and moderate physical and learning needs. Eleven students from Seven Hills, 13-17 years, with the support from their dance teacher, choreographed a dance routine that would be inclusive for all students who have a variety of different of different needs. Their routine is inspirational to other young people and encourages them to be proud of who they are.
Dancers Katie and Bethany, said: “We chose dancers from around the school to show we are a diverse group but all human beings with the same feelings. Some are in wheelchairs, some are tube-fed, some people need more help than others; but at Seven Hills we are all the same.”
Milton Keynes Academy – Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Academy is made up of students from a range of cultures and religious beliefs with over 50 different languages spoken. The dance was choreographed and produced by eleven students between 13-18 years who put together a dance routine telling a modern-day love story using a selection of music and dance styles from different cultural backgrounds.
Temmy Bamishe, Choreographer/Dance Captain of Destruction said: ‘It has been an amazing experience bringing everyone’s talents and expertise together as one to make a strong team and a positive difference which is what anti-bullying and diversity is all about. It has been great fun!’
On the 23rd January 2015 Diversity welcomed 22 students and their staff members to their dance studios to celebrate their achievement of winning the ‘Dance for Diversity’ Anti-Bullying Week competition. The students had won the chance to meet and greet Diversity, perform their winning dance routine AND engage in a dance workshop ran by members of Diversity themselves!
Owen Malone, Milton Keynes Academy says: ‘It was brilliant to hear that we had won. When I first found out I felt I had really achieved something which has given me the confidence to work towards my dream. It has helped me grow as an individual and a dancer and I hope that I can now inspire others to achieve their dreams.’
The day was packed full of excitement, fun, inspiration and lots of dancing!
‘We have never felt more inspired and motivated. Since the day, the tips and advice Diversity gave us has made us stronger as a group, which shows in our recent choreography, even timid members of the group have grown in confidence and are willing to give ideas in rehearsals. Our street dance crew, Dee$traction is an example of how a diverse group of young people of different ages, appearance and backgrounds can come together as one to achieve their dreams. There is no better opportunity for a dance group than dancing with Diversity. We are so thankful for the time of everyone involved to have our dance seen by the best street dance crew in the UK (possibly the world) and to be able to learn a dance choreographed for their tour was an incredible honor and amazing opportunity.’