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An international dance challenge has caught the attention of schools in Medway.

Pupils and staff from the Skills For Life Trust have collated a video showing off their moves.

Pupils from the five schools took part in the routine. Credit: Skills For Life Trust

The trust represents schools and academies across the Towns, including the five that took part in the video.

They are: Greenacre Academy, Walderslade Girls' School, Warren Wood Primary Academy, Hilltop Primary Academy and Chantry Community Academy.

Waldersalde Girls, in Bradfields Avenue, Walderslade, showcased a lockdown-themed routine earlier this year.

The dance, which could be described as a modern-day cha-cha-slide, was choreographed by Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba to the tune of South African rap artist Master KG's song.

Head of Music and Performing Arts at Greenacre Academy, Tannis Kelley, set herself the challenge of organising the video for this year's International Dance Day on April 29.

Hundreds of pupils took part across the five schools. Picture: Skills For Life Trust
Hundreds of pupils took part across the five schools. Picture: Skills For Life Trust

She said: "Although Walderslade Girls' School had already done a small version of Jerusalema during lockdown, I could see there was a chance to do something fun, inclusive and socially distanced for all of the schools in the Trust.

"The steps are easy to follow and we had hundreds of pupils who volunteered to take part."

Students in Years 7 and 8 at Greenacre Academy and Walderslade Girls' School took part in the festivities, as did Years 1-6 at each of the three primary academies.

Tannis added: "I was delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response from students across the trust and this has been a lovely event for all of our schools to be involved in.

The schools took part to mark International Dance Day. Picture: Skills For Life Trust
The schools took part to mark International Dance Day. Picture: Skills For Life Trust

"It has been a great opportunity for our students to come out of their classroom bubbles and get involved in something active, creative and fun.

"I have really missed being able to teach Performing Arts lessons in a practical setting this past year and this was by far the best way we could have included so many students."

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