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Our Place – dancing on a journey through time

The cast of the 2024 Dance Show

This year’s dance show, This is The Place, took the audience on a dazzling journey through time, exploring the heritage and culture of SGS, Stockport and Greater Manchester. The show opened in the Pre-Industrial period with the opening number Dawn Breaks performed to Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony.

Pupils from across the year groups showcased different points in history, through Industrialisation, Protest, The Twentieth Century and the Modern Day. As well as performances to classical music, the show featured tunes from the musicals such as She Used to be Mine from Waitress, Revolting Children from Matilda the Musical and One Night Only from Dreamgirls.

And obviously, the show could not be complete without plenty of music from Greater Manchester bands – New Order, Oasis, Elbow, Inspiral Carpets, The Ting Tings, Blossoms and even the theme from Coronation Street!

The show closed with a performance of The Place – a piece specially created for the Sadler’s Wells’ Making Moves project by SGS Dance teacher Mrs Abi Downing and the pupils, with input and feedback from British choreographer Danielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and the team at Sadler’s Wells. The dancers were delighted to be selected to share their work with industry professionals and other youth dance companies at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays.

Mrs Downing said: “The show was a great opportunity to give a glimpse of the diverse range of dance that our pupils participate in, both in and out of school.
“The show is a chance to celebrate our amazing dancers and to showcase the pieces the pupils have created themselves and to give all our pupils the chance to perform – some for the very first time.”

To see a full selection of photos from the show, click here.