Dance Workshops with Robin Windsor

01 Nov 2023

On Wednesday 13th September, we were lucky enough to have Robin Windsor from Strictly Come Dancing and Burn the Floor come in to spend the whole day with us.

For the morning, Robin met some of our Dance Academy students who were intrigued to learn a different style of dance. Robin taught a Charleston, and it was the same dance that he taught one of his celebrity partners on Strictly which the students were very excited to hear! This was a totally new genre for the students, but they worked hard to learn the moves and perform this.

Robin also focused on some musical theatre as well as performance skills with the Dance Academy – the students really appreciated their workshops with Robin so much so, they have asked that he come back and teach them the remainder of the Charleston so it can go into their production in March!

Robin also met some of the GCSE Dance students who learnt a Cha-Cha; again, this was a totally different style of dance for them, but they all tried hard. Robin was impressed with the student’s commitment to learning the moves when it was a bit of an alien concept to them.

Robin spent the afternoon with students from Wiltshire Wing and Hawking’s Hub which are our two additional resourced provisions for students with additional needs. These students learnt small sections of four types of dances; the Waltz and Cha-Cha to name two. Students liked these two styles of dance because of the 1-2-3 count in the Waltz and the 1-2-Cha-Cha-Cha rhythm of the Cha-Cha. For days afterwards we were hearing 1-2-Cha-Cha-Cha down the corridors as they were going to lessons! Robin was looking for his best dances during these sessions and he was left with no option but to give out a lot of certificates! It was lovely to see so many smiling faces of students and them really engaging well with someone who they didn’t know very well – apart from what they had learnt from the internet!

A big thank you to Robin for spending the day with us and a massive well done to all the students who took part on the day.