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Levenmouth Festival of Creative Dance 2015 - P4 pupils Methilhill Primary School. All pictures by FPA.
Levenmouth Festival of Creative Dance 2015 - P4 pupils Methilhill Primary School. All pictures by FPA.
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It’s not often you get to enjoy a bit of jazz, some hiphop, a dash of pop and a burst of bagpipes all in the space of a couple of hours, but for 300 of Levenmouth’s school pupils, that was exactly the case at the Levenmouth Creative Dance Festival 2015 on Friday.

The event, held at Kirkland High School & Community College, brings together youngsters from all over the local area, from nursery age right up to S6, for a fun-filled morning of music and dance.

P1 pupils East Wemyss Primary School

P1 pupils East Wemyss Primary School

The event, organised by Active Schools Fife, the Visiting Teacher Service and Rachel Stirrat from Kirkland High School, is now in its second year and looks to be growing even bigger in 2016 as the opening of the new Levenmouth High School approaches next summer.

Jennifer Mann, Active Schools Fife co-ordinator, explained: “This area and Kirkland in particular has always been known for creative dance,and last year we just did the festival for our cluster schools.

“But now with the two high schools merging, we have made it Levenmouth-wide.

“It’s an opportunity for the kids to showcase what they have been learning in class and at the after-school clubs, and shows them how they can progress as they can watch the older pupils perform, as some pupils can lose that interest in dance as they get into senior school.”

It’s an opportunity for the kids to showcase what they have been learning in class and at the after-school clubs

Jennifer Mann

As well as performing a number of dances as part of the festival, some of the S5 and S6 pupils were also on hand to offer help to the youngsters on the day.

Jennifer added: “Many of our senior pupils help out in a number of roles, including helping with the choreography of some of the younger pupils’ dances. It gives them great leadership skills.”

During the two hours, pupils from Paxton Nursery, Aberhill Primary, Mountfleurie Primary, Methihill Primary, Denbeath Primary, St Agathas Primary, Balcurvie Primary and Kirkland High School took to the stage for 19 different performances.

From the Beach Boys in a ‘Surfin’ USA’ performance from Denbeath P2s, to a jazz-inspired performance to ‘Black and Gold’ from Kirkland senior girls, the programme was extremely varied.

P1 pupils Mountfleurie Primary School

P1 pupils Mountfleurie Primary School

The stage played host to ‘The wee clan fae Paxton’ in their first forray into showbusiness, right up to Lauren Duncan and Kirsten Stewart, both highly accomplished in Highland dancing, with Lauren headed for the Swedish Tattoo later this year, and Kirsten fresh from a victory at the British Championships.

For more information about Active Schools Fife activities in the Levenmouth area, head to www.fifedirect.org.uk/activefife

Kirkland pupil Emily McKane

Kirkland pupil Emily McKane

Kirkland HS - S3 pupils

Kirkland HS - S3 pupils

P1 pupils East Wemyss Primary School

P1 pupils East Wemyss Primary School