Dance Off 2017

Thursday the 2nd of February saw the University of Portsmouth’s annual Schools Dance Off event take place at the Kings Theatre. The Dance Off is in its 13th year, bringing together University student dance coaches, 189 local school children and 40 local street dance performers.

The Sport and Recreation department worked in partnership with University of Portsmouth Dance Club, recruiting and training 14 members to deliver street dance coaching in 10 local primary schools. Working under the University’s community outreach programme UP for Sport, coaches delivered 10 weeks of coaching in schools to pupils aged 9-14 years, working hard in a bid to win the Dance Off Winner title.

There was much excitement and anticipation during the day as everyone arrived at the theatre to start rehearsals and when the doors opened that evening for the audience to take their seats. This year’s theme of the competition was ‘Around the World’; and we had performances dedicated to continents including South America, Africa and Asia. Performances were judged on categories including dance crew chemistry, choreography and interpretation of theme and by University Dance Club committee members.

We had special guest performances from University of Portsmouth Dance Club showing a mix of their contemporary and hip hop dancers. Along with young performers from local street dance school Most Wanted, it was clear the pupils and audience were blown away by the talent shown by all of our guest performers.

The standard of the schools performances were higher than ever this year, with each and every school showing off their hard work by wowing the audience with their performance. But as with every competition, there can only be 1 winner. The winner of the Junior Dance Off 2017 was St John’s Catholic Primary School, coached by Abbie McElroy and Amber Phillips. We would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment and effort in making this years event bigger than ever. Thank you.

[Back to news]