Sheffield schoolchildren break for dancing

Lunchtime Breakdancing classes at High Storrs School.
Lunchtime Breakdancing classes at High Storrs School.
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High jinks are on the lunchtime menu at a Sheffield School – where old-school breakdancing is the current craze.

Pupils use their free time at High Storrs School to go for a spin, preferably on their heads.

Youngsters are hoping to follow in the dance steps of former student Anton Phung – who has just been crowned the Red Bull UK number one BBoy – or breakdancer.

LB, as fans and friends know him, was inspired in 2002 when an audience of 400 pupils gathered in school to watch the then UK breakdancing champ Lil Tim perform.

Abi Merritt, spokeswoman for the Ringinglow Road secondary, said: “Apparently Anton, then 14, turned to his dance teacher Moyra Lee and said ‘that’s what I want to do’. And now he has.”

Anton’s story has inspired the current generation at High Storrs, who know him as someone with a national reputation for dancing and choreography.

The secondary school’s specialism is in dance and the performing arts and pupils are given the chance to get involved right from their earliest days there.

Abi said: “The standard of talent at High Storrs is exceptional.

“Year on year, we produce a high number of accomplished and professional dancers, many leaving to further their careers at dance schools and universities.

“The Northern School of Contemporary Dance also recruits many of our best young people, while dance always features strongly in our annual stage productions at The Crucible at the end of the academic year. “Last year’s show Sweeney Todd was particularly strong, with a lot of the choreography being masterminded by a then Year 13 student.

“The previous year’s show was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which featured a wide range of impressive dance.”

But it is the lunchtime sessions that are unearthing the current crop of talent, run by dance teachers Moyra with Sean Selby.

“We have a group of Year Sevens who are amazing us with their skills,” Moyra said.

“Spinning on their heads, back-flips and impromptu moves are the norm for these youngsters, who seem to have endless confidence.

“The youngest are being encouraged in the lunchtime groups by students from all the way through the school, some as old as Year 13 who are all part of the same group.”

The dance groups are working on a number for the school’s open evening tomorrow, which starts at 7pm.