A group of Herne Bay High students will be performing an inclusive dance piece with some of the clients who use and reside at Strode Park Foundation.

The BTEC dance students, who are in year 12, have been working towards this final performance for the last two months, which forms part of their course.

In the lead up to this 10-minute show, the pupils have been attending Strode Park House to practise with the clients. The performance has been inspired by the history of the charity’s location and the people that live there.

The students will be assessed on the day and part of the assessment involves responding to a live and varied audience.

Head of Dance at the school, Ali O’Neill said: “This has been an amazing experience for all involved. Our initial intention was to explore movement in an outdoor location that would enable our dance students to work outside of their usual studio space. However, once they met the clients and began to work with them, get to know them and see how they began responding to movement and music, the whole experience became something more spiritual and emotional. Our students have already expressed that it is one of the best projects they have ever been involved in and they have learnt so much more than their early expectations. It is difficult to watch the final piece without feeling moved.”

Karen Jeal, Strode Park’s Fundraising, Marketing and PR Manager, said: “We’ve been watching the students over the last couple of months as they have been in and out rehearsing with our residents. Our clients have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we know they’re really looking forward to being involved in the final performance. We wish all the students good luck with their final marks.”

The performance in on Tuesday 9 July at 2.15pm.