'Friendly festival' rings to the sound of happy feet
A popular performing arts festival wowed audiences as young dancers took to the stage.
The Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts began with its dance section at the Priory Ruskin Academy which started on Saturday and finished on Wednesday. Young dancers from Grantham and the wider area took part.
Chairman and founder of the festival Julia Kerby said the festival had so far been “very, very good with positive feedback from parents. I have been really impressed”.
Julia began the festival 23 years ago and says she is “really proud” of how it has grown.
The annual event has become known as ‘The Friendly Festival’. Organisers are insistent that competitors are made to feel welcome and at ease. For many of them, it is their first taste of competition, and they say they want it to be a memorable day. Every performance receives a certificate and a hand-written report from the adjudicator. Medals are awarded for first, second and third places and competitors in all the youngest classes receive ‘Well done’ medals. The majority of classes have trophies attached and from 2013, three bursary prizes have been awarded annually to dance pupils which goes towards their tuition costs.
The festival continues with The Schools’ Showcase on March 1, giving an opportunity for local schools to take part in musical ensembles, choral speaking, drama and educational dance.
Finally there is the music, drama and film-making sections from March 1 to 3. This is an opportunity for local (and some not so local) people of all ages to demonstrate their various talents and abilities across three venues in Colsterworth village, with classes for individuals, duets, trios and groups.