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Dancers shine on the stage

Taste of Dance 2021

Fifth Year and Sixth Form dancers put on a stunning show as they performed in a ‘Taste of Dance’, a smaller scale live-streamed dance show put on towards the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.

The performers were delighted to be back on the school stage and pieces included many that the pupils had created themselves.

The show got underway with Sophia Fanigliulo-Vlassis, Lucy Grundy, Isabelle Horne, Phoebe Kelly-Cooper, Suzi Kim, Tahlia Smith, Fiona Telfer, Niamh Warburton and Izzie White performing ‘Hot Honey Rag’ from the musical Chicago.

Fifth Year Tahlia delivered a solo performance of Randy Newman’s ‘Rain’ and she was joined by fellow year group members Ava Bennett, Maddie Corcoran, Isabelle, Suzi, Fiona, Niamh and Izzie for ‘Spring Lockdown’, a Max Richter recomposed piece of Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’.

Fiona then took to the stage again as she performed her own choreographed moves to ‘Hey Pachuco’ by Royal Crown Revue.

Lower Sixth students Jess Barraclough, Lucy, Phoebe and Charlotte Wells performed a piece called ‘Winter Lockdown’ before Sophia delivered her interpretation of ‘One Night Only’ from Dreamgirls.

Jess, Ava, Isabelle, Phoebe, Suzi, Tahlia, Fiona, Niamh and Izzie strutted their stuff to Josh Cohen and DJ Walde’s ‘Dum de Dum’ and Tahlia and Fiona immediately returned to the stage with a tap piece called ‘Le Jazz Hot’.

The show concluded with an energetic and euphoric performance of ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray.

Dance Teacher Mrs Abi Downing said: “In these unprecedented times it felt like a real milestone to be back on our school stage performing once more, albeit in an unconventional manner.

“The pupils deserve a huge thank you and well done – they have worked so hard on their individual and group performances, showing commitment and enthusiasm despite the challenges we’ve faced this year.”

Thanks also go to Production Team of Chloe Almond (Lighting), Millie Job (Sound), Fiona (Programme Artwork), Mrs Alison Moffatt (Backstage) and Mrs Downing and the dancers (Costumes).