Unflagging energy from talented young dancers

Sarah AnneWestcottSchool of Dance and Performing Arts - Dance 2011

July 16th 2011 at Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

Reviewed by: Louisa Hockin

Source: North Devon Journal


As we have come to expect over the last 32 years, this latest production from the SarahAnneWestcottDanceSchool was slick and fast-paced with a wide range of numbers, which guaranteed the audience was always entertained either by the pure talent on display, or by the enthusiasm of the performers.

The energy levels never flagged even at the end of the second performance when Dancing Fool (a slick, energetic, and very glamorous last number) went straight into Take That's Kidz for the finale.

An appropriate finale it was, as the show started with the same number, and it summed up the whole cast (although there were several adults strutting their stuff as well, who were appreciated by the audience).

The crowd had one or two favourites judging from their response during the show and from the many compliments afterwards. Naturally, the youngest dancers drew the biggest "ahh" from the audience when they appeared in their chick costumes to represent spring in the four seasons of the year.

A touch of up-to-date humour was enjoyed in tap number Hit The Road Jack while Life On The Harbourside was a classically choreographed ballet, told clearly and with humour.

The musical theatre section was represented with a medley of energetic High School Musical songs led by Jade Bayliss and Charlotte Redman with a full chorus behind, and beside them.

Also performing solo vocals were Tamsin Ball and Poppy Andrews, with both demonstrating not only their singing prowess, but also the difference in their vocal styles, from big ballad to West End show.

Another unexpected talking point was Miss Westcott's choreography of classical ballet to the Kings of Leon's Use Somebody. It was one of the performance highlights, but then so was In The Mood, Hoedown Throwdown, the brilliant Follies, the oh so smooth Piano Man and the Disco Mega Mix where you knew every tune and wanted to join in.

All in all, it made for great entertainment, and as they said at the end of the show: see you next time.



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