Big Schools (SEND)

Children and young people under 18 years old 

Big Schools (SEND) is designed to equip children and young people (with special education needs and disabilities) with the knowledge and skills needed to help them bridge key educational transitions in their lives. Whether they are in primary education getting ready to transition into big school, heading off to college or university or a school leaver entering the big school of life – the Big Schools (SEND) programme is always there to support and guide!

Big Schools (SEND) - Let’s Dance 2020

Ally Pally teams up once again with ParaDance UK for the second year running to deliver a fun packed six-weeks of online resources; including films, info packs, games and activities to get children and young people with special education needs and disabilities dancing and being creative throughout the Autumn.

Each week we’ll release new learning guides that provide step-by-step support for participating groups to learn how to make dance routines, develop choreographic skills, make props, design sets, costumes and make-up.  So watch this space for updates, and acquire all the skills needed to mount a dynamic and dazzling show.

The programme concludes with a show-stopping online Gala performance. Showcasing the participating groups dance performances with a special invited guest, speakers and performances – date to be confirmed.

Find out how to get involved at or simply enjoy the learning resources by clicking on the links.

Week one: Bop to the Beat

We are really excited to be launching the first of four dance routines to Lionel Richie’s Dancing On The Ceiling who performed at the Palace back in 2015. Click on the links to find the warm up, routine and cool down which bests suit your group – please remember to take photos to share with us!

Week two: Let's Dance

Week 2 of Big Schools SEND is a contemporary/lyrical dance routine choreographed to Tom Walker and Zoe Wees – Wait for you. Tom Walker was originally scheduled to play alongside Fat Freddy’s Drop at the Palace in May 2020 (now rescheduled to July 2021). Enjoy learning the second routine and don’t forget to send in photos!

Week three: Boom Boom Pow

This week Big School’s SEND goes street with Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow. In 2012 David Guetta performed an explosive mash-up of the song with band member Will.I.Am jumping on stage to perform the rap section. Enjoy learning this routine and be sure to send in photos of your group rehearsing!

Week four: Aladdin

Grab your magic carpet and genie lamp for musical theatre week choreographed to A Friend Like Me from Aladdin. As part of the Christmas programme in 2018 Alexandra Palace present a magical retelling of this popular musical. Enjoy learning the chorography and be sure to send us photos!

Creative resources

Bring your performance to life with props with Jack The Artist. Make incredible sets using just cardboard and tissue paper with award-winning set designer Jenny Dee, learn how to upcycle unwanted t-shirts into a spectacular one of a kind costume with fashion expert Ana Rubio Carrizo or learn how to do dramatic stage makeup with Kate Griffiths.

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