It’s been a busy term of dance showcases with pupils from Lower 1 to Form 4 performing on stage in the QET.
In May, as part of their Lower School Drama and Dance Showcase, Lower 1 pupils performed a fun, modern dance (with a few disco moves thrown in!) to Cat Scratch Fever. Form 1 demonstrated an array of different genres, including: a salsa dance to Zuku Zuku, an acrobatics routine to Tina Turner's Simply The Best, a highly energetic Bhangra dance to Hadippa and a funky hip-hop number to Run DMC's It's Like That. The show ended with a spectacular finale dance to The Greatest Showman, performed by the entire year group.
The Form 2 dance numbers consisted of a street dance to In my Mind, In my Head; a fast and furious modern/jazz routine to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now; a slow contemporary dance to Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror, and a charming jazz-style partner dance to a cover version of Bleeding Love. The evening finished on an energetic high with a finale dance to Walking on Sunshine.
On the penultimate day of term, pupils from Lower 1 through to Form 4 performed in the Dance Showcase; a collection of pieces the students had been learning in the weekly dance classes offered by the Drama Department.
A number of musical styles and dance genres were featured, including Lower School pupils performing two charming, modern routines to Don't Worry, Be Happy, and Meant to Be – the latter piece featuring an opening section choreographed by Form 4 pupil Phoebe.
The Middle School students then performed a funky, locking number to If You're Over Me, and a stunning lyrical/contemporary dance to Chaperone.
As well as a chance to pull classwork together into a performance, the showcase is also used as a platform for students to share their own work with an audience. We saw a number of innovative and exciting smaller group pieces containing the dancers' own choreography, such as Warrior, Reet Petite and Be Alright – to name but a few. Students chose their own music and groupings and rehearsed in their free time. The performance ended in a grand finale to a medley of songsand saw all dancers come together on the stage for the final bow. A fun-filled evening with some superb dancing and talent shown.