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School news: Stroud High are national dance champions


Stroud High School students became national champions for the second time this month as the SHS Dance Team won the National Key Stage 3 Finals of The Great Big Dance Off 2023.

After a long day of rehearsals and prep time, 39 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 performed at Cheltenham Town Hall.

With strong competition from other school dance teams from across England & Wales, the team were surprised and delighted to be announced as overall Key stage 3 winners. 

The Great Big Dance Off is a popular national dance competition open to schools all across England & Wales. It is the only national dance competition aimed solely at schools. 

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The Stroud High Dance Team have been working on their winning choreography since September, alongside local Dance Teacher Sara Spence. After winning the South Regional Heat in Swindon in March, they took their performance to the final in Cheltenham this week. Incorporating a mixture of lyrical & contemporary dance styles, they wowed the judges, to be awarded the national title.

Ruth Belcher, PE Teacher, said: “I am super proud of our dancers. They have shown tremendous amounts of dedication and resilience. The team thoroughly deserve to be crowned National Champions after all their hard work over the past year.”

This fantastic accolade follows the success of the Stroud High School U15 Handball Team being awarded National Champion status earlier in June.

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