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Walderslade Girls' School joins the 'Jerusalema' global dance challenge


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A Medway school is the latest to try its hand at an international dance craze.

Pupils from Walderslade Girls' School filmed their own version of a routine to South African rap artist Master KG's song, Jerusalema.

Walderslade Girls' School's dance routine. Credit: Walderslade Girls' School

The piece, originally released in 2019, went viral after Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba choreographed a dance to it and shared it online – inspiring groups across the world to join in.

From the Swiss police challenging their Irish counterparts to nuns in Africa and monks in Israel taking part, the school is the latest group to give it a go.

Head of dance at the Bradfields Avenue school, Sam Stow, said: "I saw a clip of the Jerusalema global story on the TV news and thought, as an academy that has such a strong focus on the performing arts, it was naturally something our girls and staff would love to be involved with and decided we should do our own Jerusalema dance video.

"I researched the steps and choreographed a simple sequence for our staff and students to follow, whilst encouraging them to have some fun with it and add their own flair.

Staff from the Walderslade Girls' School took part in the routine. Picture: Walderslade Girls' School
Staff from the Walderslade Girls' School took part in the routine. Picture: Walderslade Girls' School

"Our key worker students, who've attended school throughout lockdown, readily volunteered for this extra curricular activity, while some of our other students were initially a bit shy about filming themselves at home but came through with some great material.

"I invited members of staff as well as students to join in and the resulting video has caused a sensation throughout the school.

"I think it's so important to do something unifying for everyone as they return to school and I don't think there is any stronger message than Jerusalema, which has united so many parts of the world."

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