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Slideshow: Dancers impress at annual Grantham School of Dancing showcase

Grantham School of Dancing held its annual dance show at the Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham, raising £1,000 for Macmillan in Lincolnshire.

The show featured a variety of dance styles learned by pupils of the school, which is run by Michelle Baker and Anita Lane.

Grantham School of Dancing annual show
Grantham School of Dancing annual show

The school’s Jill Anderson said: “The show itself was once again outstanding, showing a range of dance disciplines ranging from ballet, tap, modern, acro and national dances from around the world, involving children from the age of three to adults aged 73.

“With well over 20 dance creations to put together, along with a spectacular opening from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a finale performed by the older girls taking a role in the musical Hairspray from the 1980s, Michelle and Anita have once again pulled off a first-class show in only five weeks of rehearsals.

“Along with the dedicated dancers, supportive parents and commitment from everyone involved, it was definitely a show to remember.”

The annual show also saw various awards presented to dancers, this year judged by an ex-dance school pupil.

It was definitely a show to remember
Jill Anderson

Award winners were:

* Alisha Shepherd – Star Quality

* Hayley Money – Outstanding Performance

* Phoebe Collins – Stage Presentation

* Sophie Wright – Musicality

* Senior acro performance of Skyfall – Cabaret Performance

* Millie Townsend – Personality

* Charlotte Beard – Classical Performance

* Bethany Bird – The Emily Smith Musical Theatre Award

* Lucy Smith, Abbie Phillips and Eleanor Scarborough – Hayley Money award for Tap Technique

Jill said: “Grantham School of Dancing is such a family-orientated club to be involved with and the children all look out for each other, creating long-term friendships that they take with them when they move on to further education.

“This was clear to see this year when once again we lost nine of our very talented senior dancers to further education and work placements, etc. Tears flowed and gifts changed hands between the dance school and pupils and between themselves the girls made very emotional speeches.

“Best wishes must go out to all the girls moving onwards and upwards, and they all know where we are next year for that extra pair of hands backstage!”

Although the school has now broken up for the summer break, rehearsals will continue for those involved in Gravity Fields, the Grantham arts and science festival coming up in September.

* Anyone interested in joining Grantham School of Dancing can find the group on Facebook. Alternatively, contact Alison Willesden on 01476 563239 from September 5.


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