On Thursday 30th June, Regents Park was fortunate to take part in a cross-curricular project ‘Dansez en français’, funded by Routes into Languages South and delivered in our school. This is a collaboration between the University of Southampton and a French native speaking dance champion and teacher.
The teacher came to visit our school and run a 90 minute workshop during which 45 students (7-9) learnt the steps of dances they will have seen on ‘Strictly’. At the same time they will have used the French language and French/Spanish music. The workshop was delivered as a dancing with partner activity and a line-dancing one.
There was no charge for the session.
By joining this project called ‘Dansez en français’, our ethos was to enable the students to share lovely memories across year groups with a French professional dancer and coach. As teachers, we truly believe that by little steps we guide young people to make greater steps in their life. This was an opportunity where resilience was accompanied with happy tunes that they really enjoyed!
The students were delighted and here are some of their comments:
“I loved it. It was interesting and fabulously fun. I would recommend it as I would like to do it again.”
“Amazing! I had a blast! Thank you. Must do it again!”
“Awesome, really enjoyed it. Would do it again! 10/10. Thank you.”
“The best, please do it again! The lesson was really good and I have learnt a lot.”
“It was fun but difficult at the same time. I would recommend it for next year because I think they’ll really enjoy it.”
“Excellent and enjoyable! Had great fun, would love to do it again! I really enjoyed it. I laughed a lot and loved the dancing.”
“I loved this sooooooo much and I think we should do it again!”