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Dancers delight and excite at Autumn show

Members of the cast of the Autumn 2022 Dance Show

Ninety girls and boys took to the stage to perform in the Autumn 2022 Dance Show, ‘American Allstars and The Nutcracker Sweeties’.

Across three performances, first to the Junior School and then to audiences of parents, teachers and governors, the cast delighted the school community with their talent and enthusiasm.

With pupils ranging from First Year to Upper Sixth, and all levels of ability from beginners to experienced dancers, the show was a joyous expression of music and dance.

The first half of the show was a fast-paced mix of group, duet and solo dances in styles including jazz, contemporary, urban, lyrical, modern and tap.

The group dances included: Boys from 2P in ‘Mission Impossible 1’; First Year Dance Group in ‘Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile’; Boys’ Dance Club in ‘Uptown Funk’; Third and Fourth Year Games Groups in ‘Vogue’; Form 2R in ‘Mission Impossible 2’; Second and Third Year Lyrical Dance Club in ‘Black as Night’; Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance Club in ‘The State Of Impermanence’; and Fifth Year Games Group in ‘Hallelujah’.

The second act of the Dance Show was SGS’s first ever stand-alone dance production, ‘The Nutcracker Sweeties’. It was set to the jazz arrangement by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn of Tchaikovsky’s orchestral ‘Nutcracker Ballet Suite’.

As well as performing in the show, Upper Sixth pupil Fiona Telfer helped to choreograph a number of the dances. Fiona has been dancing since she was four years-old and runs the Lyrical Dance Club alongside her studies.

She said: “I really like running the club because I get to choreograph the dances and see my visions come to life on stage.

“I have loved taking part in the dance shows during my time at SGS and the Christmas show was my last at the school. I wanted to go out with a bang and I definitely think I did that. I’m proud of myself and all the dancers for making it the best show possible.”

Congratulations to Dance Teacher Mrs Downing who created and staged the Dance Show; the many staff members and pupils who assisted with all aspects of the production including stage management, costumes, lighting, sound, front of house and backstage, artwork and programme production; and of course, the cast themselves.