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Following the success of our recent Swan Lake dance workshops for Years 2 to 6, artist and dancer Kerry Biggin for Matthew Bourne OBE returned to William Patten this week along with dancers Reece and Gavin from Sir Matthew Bourne’s production. The team adapted the special assemblies and workshops to suit the children in reception and Year 1, who all had a wonderful time exploring the physicality of a swan. Once again, the assembly and workshops set out to challenge gender stereotypes and perceptions and conveyed a message of empowerment. Kerry demonstrated dances in which she lifted the male performers as well as being lifted herself. The assembly also showed children the physical nature of ballet and its similarities with football and children were shown some of the costumes for the show. The children learnt about the story behind Swan Lake as well as more about dance productions. Both assemblies and workshops supported a number of curriculum areas and there were strong links to PSHE and PE. Thank you to Louise, Kerry, Reece and Gavin for bringing this interpretation of Swan Lake back to William Patten in such a meaningful way for our younger children.