Liverpool Secondary School Hosts BBC Project

ST JOHN BOSCO Arts College hosted MDI’s (Merseyside Dance Initiative) youth dance performance showcase, which saw 10 groups of students interpret a piece of classical music. The event, which was organised by MDI, used the BBC Ten Pieces education scheme and took place at St John Bosco on Monday 21 March. Liverpool based MDI is one of the UK’s leading dance agencies, whose mission is to inspire people through dance. The BBC Ten Pieces resource aims to connect young people with classical music, inspiring them to develop a creative response to a classical number. 10 groups of students were allocated a piece to interpret, which they then performed at the showcase. Nine secondary schools from across Merseyside took part in the event, including Formby High School, South Sefton Sixth Form College, and St Mary’s Catholic College in Crosby. The evening also saw the launch of the MDI’s newly-formed Merseyside Youth Dance Company. The company brings young people from across the region together to train in dance and develop as skilled performers and choreographers. Four talented St John Bosco pupils have been selected to take part in the Merseyside Youth Dance Company. Year 11 pupils Peggy May Kenny, Rebecca Duckworth and Ellie Mulhall, as well as year 10 student Abigail Asemota, have all been recognised by the company. Paul Doyle, Community Dance Artist at MDI, says: “The Ten Pieces performance event came about from a desire to start a youth dance festival in Liverpool City Region allowing school groups to perform in a non-competitive showcase. “MDI is delighted to be organising this event and having ten partner schools from across the Liverpool City Region taking part is a great response.” Darren Gidman, head teacher of St John Bosco, says: “We are so pleased to have hosted this event which saw students from across Merseyside come together to share and celebrate their creative ideas. “As an arts college we are always keen to provide opportunities which help develop our pupils’ performance skills and this unique project helped to do just that.” The groups who took part in the event were: Merseyside Youth Dance Company St John Bosco Arts College Archbishop Blanch School City of Liverpool College South Sefton 6th Form College Formby High School Space (MYA) St Mary’s Catholic College Ormiston Chadwick Academy Ormiston Bolingbrook Academy