House Gym and Dance 2024

28 March 2024

Inter-house competitions are often the highlights in our school year. Our Dance & Gymnastics competition, So You Think You Can Move?, provided a fantastic finalé to Lent Term.

We were thrilled to be joined by two phenomenal guest judges. Abi Miller started her gymnastics career when living in Australia before moving to the UK and competing here. She has been coaching for the past 7 years, specialising in women’s artistic gymnastics. Abi enjoys teaching the gymnasts and seeing them enjoy the sport. She has been a qualified judge for two years at County and Regional competitions.

 

Mike Fellows has danced from a young age, and competed in freestyle disco until he was 17, winning consecutive titles across the board including 3 times World Champion. He trained at the Urdang Academy before working consistently in all areas of the performance industry including dancing in stadium tours, TV and film. Our thanks to Abi and Mike for their expertise in helping judge our competition.

The gymnastics portion of the contest was the first to take place and was expertly hosted by Miss Butler (Teacher of PE). Each house was represented by a group routine and an individual routine which they had been working on with their Lower Fifth (Year 10) captains.

Next up, Mrs Cadle (Head of Extra-Curricular Dance), introduced the Dance portion of the competition. A group of pupil choreographers from each house worked hard to produce 2 performances: a large group piece and a small group piece.

The judges deliberated while the DH Dance Academy put on a spectacular show. The results were announced with Aisholt House winning the Overall House Gym Cup and AGS House winning the Overall House Dance Cup. The final award of the night was the combined cup with AGS being crowned the 2024 So You Think You Can Move? House Winner.

 

Congratulations to all the participants for the dedication and passion they brought to every aspect of the competition. The collaboration and creativity shown on the evening really brought out tremendous house spirit for the whole Downe House community to enjoy.

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