Miss 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 students, BTEC classes and our Dance Captains.
Many students also took advantage of our audition process and the competition was tough as there was a huge number of excellent pieces to choose from. Some of the successful auditioned dances included a beautiful solo by Teya Kindred, a confident duet by Brooke McDonald and Bella Bickers and a captivating group dance ‘Bury a Friend’ choreographed and performed by Year 8 students; Ava Connelly, Louise Grenfell, Ciara Keenan, Lauren Sanders and Amelie Warner.
Other highlights throughout the show consisted of a Year 9 dance club piece choreographed by Teya Kindred and Tilly North to ‘Someone you Loved’. This was performed beautifully with the Year 9 dancers certainly doing the choreography justice. Year 8 students also performed Miss Newman’s beautifully choreographed piece ‘Million Dreams’ which demonstrated the student’s high level of performance and technique.
There were a number of expertly performed solos this year, including ‘Identity’ by Keziah Long, ‘I’m Fine’ by Freya Elsley and ‘Next to You’ by Sarah Thompson. Abby Mortimer performed her last solo in a Stanborough Dance show to the Rupaul classic ‘Cover Girl’ and this was a real crowd pleaser.
Year 10 Dancers performed their upbeat number ‘Free Britney’ which incorporated a large amount of original choreography from music videos including Oops I did it again and Hit me Baby one more Time. The Year 10s approach to learning these works was excellent and their efforts certainly paid off in the final show. Well done Year 10.
The Year 9 dancers closed the show with their performance of ‘Bury a Friend’, choreographed by Miss Conder and was an excellent way to tie the show together. Year 9 dancers also performed ‘Jai Ho’ choreographed by Miss Digweed which included key features of Bollywood dance and some exciting developments by the dancers. Both Year 9 pieces were excellent opportunities for the dancers to demonstrate their versatility and skills individually and as a talented mini company.
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: Jack Hadley, Sarah Pennell and Sebastian Judge did a fantastic job throughout the day and during the evening performance. They created some well thought out lighting which certainly enhanced the work.
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.
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