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Breaking Waves Dance Show Returns for the Sixth Year

Folkestone Academy hosted their sixth annual Breaking Waves Dance Showcase with 16 schools and dance schools from Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone and Thanet taking part. The show returned to the Leas Cliff Hall on Wednesday 2nd May and guests saw a variety of performances from over 200 young people between 3 and 18 years old.

Following the success of last year’s show, the event was kindly awarded another free day at the Leas Cliff Hall by Shepway District Council, allowing more people from the wider community to attend. All profits raised from the show is planned to be donated to The Folkestone Youth Project known as The Shed as part of an initiative to support young people in the community.

Patricia Cullen, Head of Dance at The Academy, organised the event over the past 6 months working with schools from all over East Kent.  The evening combined all genres of dance including jazz, urban, commercial, lyrical and contemporary. This was delivered as a collaborative event with confirmed secondary school performers from Folkestone Academy; Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs; Brockhill Performing Arts College, Hythe; Spires Academy, Canterbury; Astor College, Dover and Folkestone School for Girls

There were also performances by Sixth Form students from the Glassworks Sixth Form Centre and pupils from 4 Primary Schools, Folkestone Primary Academy; Barham Primary School, Canterbury; St Eanswythe’s CE Primary, Folkestone and Hawkinge Primary School/Apple Dance Company. Finally 5 dance schools including Instep Dance Company, Studio Six and Julia’s School, Zenzero Performing Arts School and Baby Ballet Folkestone.

Patricia Cullen comments: “This was the best show yet! I would like to personally thank Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee and Shepway District Council for organising this for us.  Having the show in this great venue allows us to expose more people to the high standard of dance we have in this area.  We showcased the best of dance our young people have to offer, I’m very proud of what we achieved!”