Dancing like the Stars is a free nine week programme that aims to promote and provide an active lifestyle through dance – a non-competitive form of physical activity – to children who would not normally be able to participate in dance for recreation.
The programme has several other benefits, which include building basic social skills and interactions, team building and teaching children about other cultures.
In the first half of the nine week programme each participating low-decile school learns a range of dance moves associated with a particular dance style.
Then in the second half of the term each school is taught a choreographed dance routine – all overseen by a professional dance tutor.
Dance styles on offer in 2019 include, contemporary, jazz, ceroc, salsa, bachata merengue, ballroom, integrated dance and Samba de Gafieira.
In 2019 the Dancing Like the Stars programme is running in 14 Christchurch primary secondary schools/intermediates:
The Dancing Like the Stars programme culminates in two gala performances at the Isaac Theatre Royal, where each night seven schools perform in front of a huge crowd of family and friends.