school's dance group returns from trip to Russia
members of Highbridge dance group Kazdanz, based at King Alfred
School, have just returned from a week in Russia where they were
hosted by students and dancers from a secondary school in the
town of Pereslavl-Zalessky, near Moscow.
group consisted of Ceridwen Plested, Holly Keane, Carrie Keane,
Charlotte Sinclair, Danny Plested and Alex Fletcher.
were also joined by a dozen dancers from Danzatak, a group based
at Cheddar's Kings of Wessex School.
and Jas Plested were among the adult members of the group, which
was led by Dr Alec Brice.
The trip follows a visit to Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar a year
ago by the Russian dance group Orchid. A year before that, Kazdanz
and Danzatak members made a first visit to the Russian school
to establish the exchange.
Ceridwen Plested, a KAS Sixth Former and member of the Organising
Committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was so good to catch
up with our Russian friends and to make many new ones."
enjoyed warm Russian hospitality and went on many interesting
excursions and visits. We were treated to amazing dance performances
from Orchid and other dance groups based in the town."
the final evening there was a wonderful concert and we were able
to show off our dances. The finale was a joint piece which we
had prepared together with the Russians. It was exciting and very
are hoping there will be a return visit from the Russian dancers
next year. We are very grateful to the British Council for sponsoring
Pictured are members of Kazdanz performing in the Russian School;
English and Russian dancers performing together in the finale;
and the Burnham members on an excursion to the Sergiev-Posad Monastery