Thursday, 05 August 2021

LAC Day 23: Children tumble in square

YOUNGSTERS performed gymnastics on Falaise Square in Henley on the penultimate night of the town's 2015 Living Advent Calendar

YOUNGSTERS performed gymnastics on Falaise Square in Henley on the penultimate night of the town's 2015 Living Advent Calendar.

Several dozen children and teenagers from Springbox Gymnastics, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, ran through a series of musical routines for a crowd of more than 100 people.

The youngest children started the evening with three pieces including a ballet-inspired routine set to the tune of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

A group of older boys and girls performed somersaults, crawled through a plastic tube and staged a choreographed "fight" in time to Monty Norman's James Bond theme.


Other numbers included a dance with sticks to the soundtrack of Me Ol' Bamboo from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a Twenties Flapper-inspired routine to All That Jazz from Chicago.

Finally, the group performed handstands and leaping forward rolls over a vaulting horse to Mike Oldfield's arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo.

The evening was raising money for Henley's Community First Responders, who are sent to provide help at medical emergencies in the minutes before paramedics arrive. The organisation is currently looking for new volunteers.

The business partner for the night was the Chocolate Café in Thames Side, Henley, whose staff provided mince pies and other treats.

A video of the evening will appear on the website later today (Thursday) and full coverage of this year's Living Advent Calendar will appear in next week's Henley Standard.


Video of Springbox Gymnastics performing on the 23rd night of the Henley Living Advent

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