Secondary school teacher helping youngsters learn Bhangra - The Stratford Observer
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9th Aug, 2022

Secondary school teacher helping youngsters learn Bhangra

A SECONDARY school teacher has been helping youngsters learn Bhangra dancing during lockdown.

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School PE teacher Danielle Pemberton originally devised her Bhangra dance videos for her own students.

But she has now adapted the tutorials for younger children attending nearby Bridgetown Primary School.

The energetic teacher accompanies her videos with an explanation of the history and culture behind the dance before showing some of the most popular moves.

A Bridgetown Primary School spokeswoman said: “We feel very lucky we have been able to use these dance videos to learn Bhangra dancing. Our topic this term is India, and if the school would have been open, we would have had a Bollywood dance workshop for the children.

“We are therefore very grateful to Danielle Pemberton as she kindly adapted the videos that she uses for our age group.

“The videos are fantastic, she breaks it down into small parts that our children were able to follow easily. We have used the videos in our home school planning, and children have enjoyed these with their families at home. We will use the videos in the years to come so we can’t thank her enough.”

Danielle said she has received great feedback on the videos.

She told the Observer: “It has been a great experience and I am delighted children are finding learning about this style of dance so enjoyable. Once you understand that Bhangra dance can be used to the music of your choice, and that your mood can be instantly lifted, the possibilities for enjoyment become endless.

“Exercise in young people is more important than ever at times like this, so I am very happy to be able to help in this way.”

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