Chippenham Dance Festival and Games

BIG THANK YOU TESCO CHIPPENHAM for proving this fantastic hamper and a BIG THANK YOU to Sporting Billy for proving a £25.00 voucher, all supporting this years dance festival.

2024 theme was “around the world”. This event inspired the young people in the Chippenham Sports Partnership to get involved. Many of the dance acts featured on the night are class-sized groups aged from 6 – 11 as well as some performances from the 3 secondary schools.

For more information (and photos!) please follow this link:

Dance Festival 2024

Please ask for Jessica Pierce or email jep@abbeyfield.wilts.sch.uk

For those schools joining us for the first time and want to know how it works, please check out “what to expect” – https://youtu.be/FHVT0TagyBU

Chippenham Dance Festival

With an exciting ‘Around the World’ theme and over 200 enthusiastic dancers, this event was always going to be a fun one! Taking place at the Neeld Hall over two nights, we saw our primary pupils shimmy, leap and boogie their way across stage. Most dance troupes have been practising for months and they certainly gave it their all. It was also lovely to see performances from each of the three local secondary schools and Chippenham Dance Academy.

At the end of the night we welcomed all dancers back on stage to give the parents in the sell out audience their chance to get involved with a group dance, superbly led by the Sports Ambassadors. The night finished with speeches from Ashley Salmon from Apple a Day who had sponsored the event, and also Chippenham Mayor Connor Melvin.

Chippenham Sports Partnership would like to thank WASSP and Apple a Day Supply for all their support, and also to Tesco’s and Sporting Billy for kindly donating prizes for the raffle. Our biggest thanks however go to our awesome dancers who really did entertain with mesmerising performances and huge smiles, which delighted everyone in the audience!

Thank you to the following schools for attending: St Pauls, St Peters, St Marys, Monkton Park, Lacock, Langley Fitzhurse, Stanton St Quinton, Frogwell, Redland, Derry Hill, Silverwood, Ivy Lane, Kings Lodge, Queens Crescent, Kington St Michael, Abbeyfield, Sheldon and Hardenhuish.

The Chippenham Sports Partnership would like to thank all of the performers who truly made this a night we will never forget. Can we thank the fantastic Sports Ambassadors who work hard behind the scene ensuring the evening(s) runs smoothly and all the dancers have a great experience. Lastly can we say thank you to Archie Pierce who is responsible for preparing all the videos and organising all of the technology before the event.

This years theme…. This years theme was provided by a student from Kings Lodge primary school. It was felt it would provide a great deal of variety interpreting this through the art of dance. If you would like to put a suggestion in for 2025, please email jep@abbeyfield.wilts.sch.uk or get in tough via X @ChipSportPart

TICKET ALLOCATION:

Ticket information

Tickets – The Neeld seating allows an audience of 216 people per night – this will allow tickets for 1 or 2 adults per family only – As in previous years each school will be given tickets for parents on a 1.5 allocation.

This allows at least one parent of each child to be able to watch the show, with flexibility for 2 parents in some cases. Whilst we would love to allow 2 tickets per child, as I am sure you will appreciate, this isn’t possible due to space at the venue.

Previous years themes have included:

2017 – Movie Nights

2018 – Dance Through The Ages

2019 – West end Musicals

2020 – The Olympics 

2021 – “Virtual” covid year free style

2022 – Top Of The Pops 

2023 – Back to the 90s

2024 – Around the world

Chippenham Games

Click the image below to watch the Chippenham Games in action…

The Chippenham Sports Partnership were incredibly proud to organise the 10th anniversary of the Chippenham Games this year. This two-day event involves nearly 500 year 6 pupils from local primary schools and gives them the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting activities. The Games started with an opening ceremony where pupils paraded behind a samba band, before hearing an inspirational speech from the headteachers from Sheldon, Abbeyfield and Hardenhuish. The children were fortunate this year to also have guest speakers Mike Rose Wiltshire Council and Alison Edgar MBE.

The 10 activities on offer included a climbing wall, laser shooting, archery, touckball, indie boarding and short golf. The Chippenham Games are a fantastic way for year 6 pupils to leave their comfort zones and take on different challenges. They also have the chance to meet children from other schools who will be attending their chosen secondary school. It was great to see so many year 6’s starting the day as strangers, but leaving as friends. Of all of the many events run by the Chippenham Sports Partnership, the Games are one of the highlights of the year, and this year’s certainly didn’t disappoint!

“thank you so much for making the Chippenham Games happen, it has been a delight to see our YR6 children having so much fun and meeting new friends after such a hard couple of years with no contact with friends and not being able to attend these wonderful large events”

2024 Dates

TUESDAY 18th JUNENUMBERSWEDNESDAY 19th JUNENUMBERS
Lacock9Frogwell25
Stanton10Charter31
Queens Crescent60Ivy Lane57
Kings Lodge39St Pauls19
Kington St Michael19St Peters19
Monkton Park37Redland45
Langley Fitz8Derry Hill30
St Marys31  
TOTAL213TOTAL226