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Dance show performers dazzle audience

Dancers from the middle and upper school left the audience in awe of their mind-blowing moves as they demonstrated a range of styles and techniques at the ‘Through the Seasons’ show.

From the stunning opening group number, performed to pop hit ‘Umbrella’, to the Brazilian Beats finale, the dancers put on a show to remember.

Solo performances from Ellie Rasheed, who put on an acrobatic ballet display; Cam Wylie, who danced expressively to ‘Winter Struggles’ by Birdy; Shakeel Ahmed, who dazzled with his unique Hip Hop freestyle routine; and Amy Earith’s street dance to Justin Bieber’s ‘Cold Water’ were met with rapturous applause.

The tempo was upped when Imogen Belshaw, Natasha Hurst, Grace Patterson and Laura Welch channelled their inner Beyoncé to perform a street dance routine to ‘Spring Fling’ and then again when Natasha and Grace teamed up with Molly Clark and Harriet Lambon-Ralph for a rousing Latin American number.

Lilli Ashton, Emily Daniels and Ellie Rasheed slowed things down with their beautiful piece entitled ‘The Ocean’ and a group dance to Lily Allen’s version of the Keane hit ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ got everyone into the Christmas mood.

Molly Clark and Harriet Lambon-Ralph laced up their tap shoes for an energetic routine to Peggy Lee’s ‘Winter Weather’ while Olivia Clark and Lucy Snell slowed the pace for their contemporary dance piece to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Autumn Leaves’.

A ballet style dance by Molly Burrows and Maddy Evans and a group contemporary dance entitled ‘Waves’ were met with mass approval by the parents, pupils and staff in the audience.

One of the show’s more memorable routines was the fourth year Games group’s performance to Michael Jackson classic ‘Thriller’. With their ripped clothes, messy hair and scary make up, the dancers crawled onto the stage before leaping up and giving it their all.

The show was led by dance teacher Mrs Abi Downing with help from the PE department. A-level and GCSE Textiles pupils helped to make the costumes.