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Dazzling dancers delight audience with ‘all that jazz’

Girls and boys from First Year to the Upper Sixth pulled out all the stops to make this year’s Dance Show a spectacular success.

The bar was set high with opening ballet number ‘Toot Toot Tootie Toot’, a visual feast complete with red and white tutus and twirling candy canes set to music inspired by Tchaikovsky.

Energetic number ‘Bang Bang’, choreographed by Sixth Formers Laura Welch and Jess Lloyd, gave members of the Lower School Tap Club chance to showcase their skills in shiny silver outfits.

The audience were transported to the Middle East when dancers took to the Main Hall stage for ‘Arabesque Cookies’. Coin filled waist bands and floaty tops added to the Arabian charm.

‘Entrance of the Swans’ was performed by Third Years who have been studying Matthew Bourne’s version of ‘Swan Lake’. The girls worked together with Dance teacher Mrs Abi Downing to stage their interpretation of the classic Tchaikovsky piece.

High energy tap number ‘Buttons’, choreographed by pupils Laura Welch, Olivia Clark and Tahlia Smith, provided a rousing finale to the first half of the show.

The second half started with great aplomb thanks to members of the First and Second Year Dance Club’s boundless energy throughout the show stopping ‘Do Your Thing’. The street jazz number, set to the popular Basement Jaxx song, was action packed from the moment the pupils bounced onto the stage in their bowties and braces.

Tap dancers Emily Butler, Tahlia Smith and Fiona Telfer took the audience back in time with their retro tap dance to Robbie Williams’s version of ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’. Silver sequinned jackets gave the performance a glamorous edge.

Cam Wylie and Sophia Fanigliulo-Vlassis brought a Russian twist to proceedings with the jaunty ‘Volga Vouty’ before the Beginner and Intermediate Contemporary Dance Club staged a delightful and moving piece to Alexandra Burke’s ‘Hallelujah’.

‘Waltz of the Floreadors’ saw tap dancers take to the stage in a blaze of bright pink and blue for a classy number set to music inspired by Tchaikovsky.

The group numbers were interspersed with solo performances from Fourth Year pupil Sophia Fanigliulo Vlassis; self-taught hip hop body popper Tayyib Shah; Cam Wylie, who is a member of the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance at the Lowry Theatre in Salford; Second Year Emily Butler and Tahlia Smith, who trains in a variety of styles at the Centre Pointe Dance Studio.

To close the show, all the dancers returned to the stage for an energetic group number set to ‘This Is Me’ from recent cinema hit ‘The Greatest Showman’.

It was a great night and thanks go to the dancers and the Production Team – Costumes, Lighting, Sound, Backstage, Front of House and Product Design – for their sterling effort.