Top dancer keeps pupils on their toes

Ana Due?as (front centre) with Collyer's Margarita Mortimer (front centre right) with students SUS-150712-163900001

Ana Due?as (front centre) with Collyer's Margarita Mortimer (front centre right) with students SUS-150712-163900001

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Spanish A-level students recently learnt to dance basic flamenco with ‘palmas y jaleos’ with the help of leading professional dancer, Ana Dueñas. Ana led some lively Flamenco workshops at Collyer’s, as part of the college’s annual Rag day.

Margarita Mortimer, who is subject leader for Spanish at Collyer’s, was thrilled: “Ana’s an incredibly talented and charismatic dancer, who is always so generous with her time.

“Her sessions have really helped to give the students a vital insight into Spanish culture, which is something that has been the key to the success of the course.

“ The students loved working with Ana and thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. I was incredibly impressed that they were able to dance quite a challenging choreography by the end of the sessions!”

Vice Principal, Steve Nicholls said: “Quite a few of us at Collyer’s are massive ‘Strictly’ fans, so I it was a great opportunity not to be missed for many to have a ‘Strictly Flamenco’ experience right here at college! Margarita and her students really enjoyed the Flamenco workshops with Ana.”

John Drew, who is studying AS Spanish at Collyer’s said: “It was such a fantastic experience. I had a really great time.”

Melanie Russell, Assistant Principal at Collyer’s said: “We have outstanding dance and Spanish departments and events like these are what make education at Collyer’s so special!”

Steve Nicholls added: “We are hugely grateful to Margarita for organising the event and to Ana for coming in and sharing her dancing expertise with our students.”

Collyer’s student, Sam Hannan, summed up the feelings of the A-level Spanish group: “I wish we could do it all over again. It was such brilliant fun!”

Report and picture contributed by Collyer’s.