Talented students took to the stage with a colourful performance at a national dance competition.
After nearly ten months of intense rehearsals, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar school students took to the stage at Portsmouth Guildhall to compete in Rock Challenge.
The competition gives young people a chance to showcase their talents and experience the high of performing in a project which helps young people realise they don’t have to get highs from drugs and alcohol.
Having won two highly competitive heats back in 2012, to become Southern Open Champions, the Floyd competed in the highly competitive Premier Division of Rock Challenge, against other previous champions.
The Floyd’s piece this year was based on the Hans Christian Anderson version of the Little Mermaid with all the horror, drama and death that the original story is renowned for.
With help from their dance teachers, technicians and other performing arts staff, the piece was largely the work of the students and is a fantastic opportunity for them to take on leadership roles.
Sixth formers played a leading role in choosing the concept, choreographing and teaching as well as heading up costume, lighting and set teams, making it a real team effort.
A school spokesman said: “With auditions and rehearsals starting all the way back in September last year, it was a long but incredibly rewarding process getting the eight-minute piece ready for the show, and the day itself was a fantastic experience.
“Students were thrilled to have been placed 5th out of 12 in the finals, against some very stiff competition, collecting a fantastic eight awards along the way and retaining premiership status for next year as well.
“Everyone is very proud of this fantastic achievement and the Year 12s are already busy starting to plan next year’s piece.”