Miss F. Smith, Subject Leader: Dance, writes:
Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in this year’s Dance Showcase. The event celebrated the talents of a wide variety of Stanborough students, including dance club pupils and BTEC classes. The performances included different genres of dance, such as Jazz numbers, Contemporary and Urban styles.
Many pupils also took advantage of our audition process and with 35 entries this year, the competition was tough as there were a number of excellent pieces. Some of the successful dances included a beautiful solo, choreographed and performed by Ruth Morgan in 9A with live vocals by Allison Da Silva in Year 12. There was also a fantastic Hip Hop duet performed by Megan Kwashi 10K and Faith Beckles 9S, as well as a confident solo debut by Amy Chapman 10K. Other highlights throughout the show consisted of an upbeat Year 7 and 8 Dance Club piece ‘That’s My Girl’, choreographed by Lucy Connolly 10A, Megan Kwashi and Leah Garrod 10H. All the students performed this number brilliantly, no doubt due to the fantastic role models who led them. If there was an award for ‘best facial expression’ in this performance, it would go to Amy Sharp 7O as she looked like she was loving life throughout. A fab piece!
Another highlight of the evening was a thought provoking piece ‘Look up from your phone’ by our Year 9 BTEC dancers who demonstrated excellent use of character and audience engagement throughout. Their performance was accompanied by a challenging piece of music with spoken word as well as sections of improvisation within the piece, which they performed brilliantly.
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 (Daniel Paget, Jess Arsin and Kai Brown) did a fantastic job throughout the day and in the evening performance. Daniel created some well thought out and creative lighting to add to our pieces which enhanced the overall performances.
The Year 10 BTEC dancers closed the show with their performance of ‘Applause’. 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, particularly with only a few weeks to learn and perfect the dance. Well done.
All students worked extremely hard in preparation for this Showcase 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.