West End choreographer brings carnival flavour to Jarrow school

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed. Jack Sewell aged 8
Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed. Jack Sewell aged 8

PEOPLE of all ages and abilities are being taken on a journey of dance with the help of a former West End choreographer.

Garner Harris and his wife Sandy launched Creative Seed to provide a platform to take dance to all.

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed. Nicole Chiriak aged 8

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed. Nicole Chiriak aged 8

The couple, who are based at Hedworthfield Community Centre in Cornhill, Jarrow, and currently work with schools across South Tyneside.

More recently the pair have visited Fellgate Primary School in Oxford Way, Jarrow, where pupils were able to sample the fun of a carnival atmosphere by dressing up in a range of costumes created by costume designer Sandy and learning routines choreographed by Garner.

The taster session delivered to pupils across the year groups is part of the couple’s drive to bring together as many people as possible through dance to perform at this year’s Jarrow festival.

In the past the couple have played a major part in the South Tyneside summer parade, giving young people the opportunity to take part in the event which aims to showcase the talents of a range of community groups.

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed

But now they are turning their attentions to the Jarrow festival, which will end with a carnival -style finale.

Rowena Smith, arts faculty teacher at Fellgate Primary, said: “The feedback we received from the pupils who took part in the taster session, is that they all enjoyed it and had so much fun learning dance routines and dressing up in different costumes.

“We are hoping to continue to work with the Creative Seed in the future.”

As well as working with young people, both Garner and Sandy have been passing on their skills to adults with a range of disabilities who they hope will also take part in the event scheduled for the end of May.

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed. From left Chloe McGinley aged 7 and Abigail West aged 7

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed. From left Chloe McGinley aged 7 and Abigail West aged 7

The group meets every Monday at Jarrow Community Centre with members of the Phab Club and those attending the day services provided by South Tyneside Council taking part.

The sessions were launched in October and have since saw an increase in the number of people taking part.

Sandy said: “We are really looking forward to taking part in the Jarrow festival.

“We have delivered taster sessions at Fellgate Primary School and are continuing to work with primary schools we already have links with.

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed

“We are hoping to bring everyone together for a big celebration as part of the festival.

“It’s really nice to see people getting involved and for our group. There is so many benefits with dance and it’s great to see adults with disabilities being given the opportunity to get involved whether its taken part in the dance side of things or the art side or both.

“We have had some adults who have come in and were quite shy but they have really come out of their shell and you can see their confidence grow – it’s great to see.”

Marian Dack who takes part in the weekly workshops run by Garner and Sandy 
said: “When I do the dance I really enjoy it. And I like doing the art as well. Everyone enjoys what they are doing.”

The Creative Seed is a creative production company delivering a range of creative workshops including theatre performances and community carnivals.

The Creative Seed has two arms; one is a professional performance company and the other focuses on community performances and productions.

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed

Pupils from Fellgate Primary School take part in Garner Harris and Sandy Harris company Creative Seed

For more information on Creative Seed CIC, visit www.creativeseed.co.uk or www.facebook.com/TheCreativeSeedCarnival