Bollywood dancing is a hoot for pupils

Sutton St James School Swallows learn moves with Jaya Dance. SG020615-103TW
Sutton St James School Swallows learn moves with Jaya Dance. SG020615-103TW
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Learning Bollywood dancing was a hoot for pupils at Sutton St James Community Primary School.

Classes including the Owls wore authentic colourful costumes to learn modern Indian dancing, made popular following films such as Slumdog Millionaire.

Owls at Sutton St James School enjoying Bollywood dancing with Jaya Dance. SG020615-120TW

Owls at Sutton St James School enjoying Bollywood dancing with Jaya Dance. SG020615-120TW

The workshop was held by Jaya Dance, which specialises in teaching Bollywood and Bhangra dance as part of the national curriculum and Ofsted requirements to teach children about cultural diversity and citizenship,

Headteacher Claire Williams said each class spent the morning learning about the Indian culture and dance.

Then pupils were taught a dance to present to parents later in the day at a special assembly.

Claire said: “The dances were different for each class. Some had colourful scarves and all of the children were dressed in authentic costumes.

“The youngest children in the Wrens class learned a slower dance with the speed increasing with the age of the children.

“Children and staff had a great time joining in with the dances.

“During assembly many of the parents who had come to watch also joined in with the dances and really enjoyed themselves.”