High school pupils shine at dance show

Oban High School dance show. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

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A capacity crowd filled the Oban High School Atrium last Tuesday night as the S1-S3 pupils put on their long awaited dance show.

Youngsters were delighted to be again performing on stage and their was plenty of excitement as family and friends came to enjoy this much missed event on the school calendar.

And the youngsters certainly rose to the challenge, with a fantastic variety of well polished performances keeping the audience entertained. With dance styles including Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial, as well as Highland and the new Cheer/Gymnastics group there was never a dull moment.

Head Boy Angus Files did a fine job as compère for the evening, in what will be his last official duty before leaving school.

The OHS parent teacher council also got involved providing much needed refreshment on the terrace before the show started and at the interval.

PE teacher Denise Gemmell speaking after the show said: ‘It was only when we weren’t allowed to do our dance show that we really began to appreciate what an important part of school life it was.

‘Even when we weren’t allowed to do any activities indoors I was getting asked nearly every day by different pupils, “When is the dance show on?” or “Is there going to be a dance show?”

‘The pupils absolutely love performing on stage, you can see they get such a buzz from it. And on Tuesday they performed with great enthusiasm and professionalism, and the hard work and many hours of practice certainly paid off.

‘We are immensely proud of them all!

‘We would like to thank very much all the parents and members of the community that came along on the night to support us – they were a wonderful audience.’

The school hopes to organise a full dance show involving all year groups, including the S4-S6, who were busy with exams.