School Dances Their Way To Success

Students from St. Thomas’ C of E Primary School have a spring in their step with the announcement that they are the winners of the Blackburn BID’s clog dancing competition.

Around thirty children aged between 9 and 10 at the school based on Newton Street, Blackburn, will take part in eight clog dancing workshops this summer with expert Alex Fisher, in preparation for a town centre performance on Sunday 13th September at the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Laura Butterworth, Year 5 Teacher at St. Thomas’, said: “We are incredibly excited to be chosen as the clog dancing project winners. We have a legacy of taking part in clog dancing projects, which included a clog dancing tour and a performance in the town centre on St Georges Day. Clog dancing teaches the children about their heritage whilst giving them the benefits of keeping fit. Being part of this project will ensure that clog dancing continues in our school for a long time to come.”

The contest challenged schools in East Lancashire to submit applications detailing how the school would link clog dancing to the curriculum and the benefits of taking part in the project.  Blackburn BID Manager, Harriet Roberts, said: “The school best demonstrated how they would incorporate the project into wider school work and they were also able to commit to an after school clogging club run by a dance teacher to continue after the project. The school also plans to fundraise to buy their own set of clogs. We look forward to working with Laura and Alex as part of Blackburn Heritage Festival.”


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