Miss Smith, Subject Leader: Dance, writes;
Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in this year’s Christmas Dance Show. The event celebrated the talents of a wide variety of Stanborough students including dance club students and BTEC classes. The performances included different genres of dance, including Jazz numbers, Contemporary and Urban styles.
Many students also took advantage of our audition process and with over 30 entries this year, the competition was tough as there were a number of excellent pieces. Some of the successful dances included a Hip Hop solo choreographed and performed by Lilly-Mai Male in 9B, and a confident trio performed by Faith Beckles 10S, Amy Chapman 11K and Nicole Chapman 11A. Other highlights throughout the show consisted of an upbeat Year 7 Dance Club piece ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ choreographed by Ruth Morgan 10A and Holly Milliken 10K. All the students performed this number brilliantly, no doubt due to the fantastic role models who led them, it was a wonderful piece!
Another highlight of the evening was an emotional and thoughtful piece ‘Yours’ performed by our Year 9 dancers. This was their first performance as a whole group and it was so pleasing to see such a well-rehearsed and polished piece so early in the course.
There were a number of expertly performed solos this year, including two Year 11 solos by Fran Hall 11O and Rebecca Lancaster 11H who have choreographed work based on this year’s exam theme ‘Contradiction’. There were also three Year 13 Lyrical Jazz solos which provoked emotional responses from the audience.
The event took a strange turn during ‘A Questionable Christmas’ with arguably the most challenging staff dance to date, the teachers really got the crowd going with their hip shaking and intricate footwork… well done to all those who took part.
The Year 12 dancers closed the show with their performance of ‘Sail’, which included original repertoire and developed motifs from choreographer Hofesh Shechter. They approached this performance with confidence, maturity and technical skill. The piece was very well received by the audience and I must congratulate them on their energetic and engaging performances. Well done.
All dance students took full advantage of this opportunity to perform their work on stage with our lighting and sound facilities. The Sound and Light Team did a fantastic job throughout the day and during the evening performance. Daniel Paget created some well thought out and creative lighting to add to our pieces which enhanced the overall performances.
All students worked extremely hard in preparation for this show and should be very proud of all they have achieved. I am so pleased with the commitment they have shown and their professional performances. Well done to all who took part.