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Dance show brings talent to the stage

Pupils from first to fifth year impressed the audience at this year’s lower and middle school Dance Show, ‘Back To School’.

The show, which took place in a packed out Main Hall, saw the performers take to the stage to showcase the dance skills and routines they have been working on throughout the year.

The show kicked off with the first and second year dance club performing ‘Revolting Children’ from Matilda whilst the third year PE group’s version of ‘Vogue’ by Madonna was sandwiched between solo dances from Cam Wylie (contemporary), Fiona Telfer (tap) and Hayley Collins (modern jazz).

Emily Butler, Tahlia Smith and Fiona Telfer then performed a ballet to a John Williams song before the fourth year games group explored the themes of institutionalisation in a piece inspired by De Keersmaeker’s ‘Rosas Danst Rosas’.

The first and second year tap group were up next with ‘Born to Hand Jive’ from Grease before Lucy Snell and Cam Wylie changed tack with a hip hop dance. Emily Butler performed to Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’ whilst things got jazzier with a dance from the third year street jazz club.

The first and second year contemporary club gave the show a more modern feel as they performed Max Richter’s ‘Memories’, Tahlia Smith took to the stage again for a tap dance and Lilli Ashton and Ellie Rasheed swiftly followed her as they performed a mixed lyrical and acro piece.

Seven of the dancers then performed a piece inspired by Balletboyz’s ‘The Murmuring’ and Ellie Rasheed executed a lyrical style solo piece before everyone came on stage for the finale, a performance of ‘We’re All in This Together’.

Dance teacher, Mrs Abi Downing, said: “I was so impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by our younger pupils despite the end of the academic year being so tantalisingly close!

“We have some very skilled and talented dancers in both our lower and middle school and it was wonderful to see them put on a performance of such a high standard.

“I am really looking forward to working with them as they progress through the senior school and excited to watch them develop further as dancers.”

As well as the dancers, the lighting, sound, backstage, front of house and costume teams did a sterling job to ensure it was a memorable night for all involved.