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Matravers has two members of staff shortlisted for One Dance UK Award

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 8:50 am.

One Dance UK announced the names of 27 shortlisted nominees on 14 June, across nine award categories, for its inaugural Dance Teaching Awards.

And Matravers is proud to have the following nominations: Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award: Gemma Richards. Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor Award: Paul Clark.

One Dance UK received 886 nominations from pupils, parents, colleagues and friends of hundreds of teachers, practitioners and dance organisations across the UK, that provide opportunities for children and young people to dance.

The shortlisted nominees were carefully chosen by a selection panel made up of industry professionals brought together to represent a broad range of education knowledge and expertise.

The selection panel of Geoff Barton, Althea Efunshile (CBE), Linda Jasper (MBE), Carolyn Lappin and Piali Ray (OBE) said, “We are very proud to have been asked to select the finalists in this ground-breaking first year of the One Dance UK Awards.

“We were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of the 886 nominations. They demonstrate just how important dance is in our schools and how keen the profession is to celebrate the many individuals and organisations who are using dance to transform the lives of young people.

“We are delighted to be able to recognise so many amazing people doing so much to communicate the inspiring power and relevance of dance across the UK.”

Claire Somerville, Head of Children & Young People’s Dance at One Dance UK added,  “I’m delighted by the level of interest we have had in the Awards and see them as a key way for us to champion dance education and participation, particularly in challenging times for dance provision in school.

“The Awards have provided a wonderful opportunity for people to express their gratitude for the dance teachers, leaders and organisations that dedicate their time, energy and expertise into furthering opportunities for young people and we’re looking forward to celebrating with all the shortlisted nominees in July.”

The winners of the One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards will be announced at an afternoon tea and ceremony on Sunday 16 July at Birmingham Hippodrome on the final day of U.Dance Festival 2017.

“Matravers School is proud to offer world class dance education, including high quality and popular GCSE and A Level Dance courses and a strong tradition of all students across Key Stage 3 enjoying and excelling in their dance studies,” said Angela Honeywell, PA to Headteacher.

“In addition, the dance department run a number of exciting clubs and companies which students from across the school participate in as part of the school’s outstanding extra-curricular provision.

“A particular highlight of dance at Matravers is ‘Endurance’, the boys’ dance company who have performed extensively at school and in local and regional dance festivals, affording them a brilliant and well-deserved reputation.  If you are interested in studying dance and would like to take the opportunity to learn from our award nominated colleagues, please do contact the school for further information.

Above: Paul Clark and Gemma Richards with head, Dr Simon Riding.