Young stars beat off stiff competition

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A Wetherby dance school won a prestigious trophy in a showcase for the regions young talent last weekend.

Danceology collected the Best Concept award for their sensitive interpretation of the story of Alice in Wonderland at the Dance On Yorkshire show at York Barbican on Sunday.



The Sandbeck Way-based outfit’s principal Kay Hogg said: “We were delighted to be asked to take part in this event and all of the children involved had a fantastic time joining in with various workshops throughout the day.

“The evening performance was superb and the 25 girls and five boys involved loved being able to showcase their talents to such a huge audience.

“To come away with an award was a perfect end to a long but enjoyable day and we are extremely proud of our hard working pupils.”

Danceology selected 30 of their pupils to represent them by performing an eight minute routine that was created specially for the event.

The routine, which was a modern take on the classic Alice in Wonderland, consisted of a mix of dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and street dance.

It was choreographed, rehearsed and perfected in just four rehearsals during the half term holiday.

Danceology have already signed up to take part in the 2013 event to defend their title.

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And Wetherby News reviewer Malcolm Galloway was there to witness the spectacular.

“What wonderful talent we have in Yorkshire,” commented the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor David Horton, at the close of a spectacular dancing gala at the Barbican, York.

Surprisingly this was the first event of its kind to be arranged in the county bringing together 12 dancing schools from around the region.

This so-called fun event was well supported and certainly encouraged those taking part to work together in a whole variety of dancing styles including tap, salsa, modern jazz and ballet.

Throughout the day a series of workshops had been organised under the direction of Kane Ricca, currently resident teacher and choreographer at Pineapple Dance School, to teach some of the more popular styles of dance.

Ricca in the finale of the concert produced a snapshot of what had been achieved in these sessions. The whole production was slick.

Danceology, from Wetherby, won the prestigious Best Concept Trophy for their sensitive interpretation of the story of Alice in Wonderland.

This ballet was stunning and contrasted well with the other groups in the show.

The costumes were superb, especially in the scene where the two trumpets herald the entrance of the Queen of Hearts.

One could say that their performance won over the hearts of the audience.

Worth a mention was the performance of the Wizard of Oz by the Geddes School of Dance from Rossington, Doncaster, for which they were awarded a trophy for wearing the best costumes in the show.

Two groups performed Offenbach’s famous Can Can. The Joze School of Dance from Ilkley gave a more traditional rendering of the dance.

Earlier in the programme the Rebecca Davies School of Dance from York, gave a much more imaginative performance of this dance that included six little maids and waiters dancing to other tunes from the same satirical operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld. The choreography here was to be admired. The reprise, the best in the show, was well-managed.

Ricca brought the show to a close with a rather magical solo performance which kept the audience in suspense.

The compere was Richard Goodall.

Producers Cathryn Brown and Lisa Dale sincerely hope that this show will become an annual event – let us hope so.