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Bollywood bonanza helps to broaden children's horizons

PUBLISHED: 16:51 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:51 08 March 2017

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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A touch of India hit the east coast as primary school pupils were treated to a special dance workshop.

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Broadening children’s horizons culturally, youngsters at Phoenix St Peter Academy in Lowestoft enjoyed a whole school Bollywood dance.

In recent weeks pupils have been learning about different religions from around the world, as they continue a “really successful journey” through the Horizon curriculum.

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

And last Tuesday the school in Enstone Road welcomed Kalpesh Zalavadiya – the founder of K’z Dance Entertainment Ltd – as the professional dance trainer worked with pupils from all classes in a series of 45-minute workshops, which culminated in an end of school display outside.

Stephany Hunter, deputy head, said: “We have had a really successful journey through our new Horizon curriculum during the Spring term. The Horizon curriculum develops a wide range of skills that supports us to broaden our knowledge and understanding of the world around us; preparing us for the future.”

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

And with the children “broadening their horizons throughout their learning,” the youngsters began a new unit this week as they learn about different countries and how cultures and traditions shape them.

Part of this was the Bollywood dance workshop, which also celebrated the Hindu festival, Holi, that is known widely as the festival of colour and marks the arrival of spring.

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

With paint throwing and dancing prominent during the Holi festival, Miss Hunter said: “During the morning all groups had a workshop where they learnt a dance routine, which the whole school performed in the afternoon.”

With the parents invited into school to watch the youngsters perform the Bollywood dance to the song Jai Ho, there was a round of applause for the youngsters’ skills before the parents were encouraged to join in.

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Mr Zalavadiya said: “They loved the dancing. I go to lots of schools in London, have been to Norwich, but this is the first time in this town – bringing Bollywood to Lowestoft.”

At the end of the performance there was just enough time to colour each other’s faces in powder paint, before a brief hailstorm brought the entertainment to a close.

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.
Bollywood dancer, Kalpesh Zalavadiya.
PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. Bollywood dancer, Kalpesh Zalavadiya. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherYoungsters from Phoenix St Peter Academy primary school celebrate the festival of Holi by holding a Bollywood dancing session. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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