Talented students from St Richards Catholic College took part in the annual Time to Dance festival at the White Rock theatre on Wednesday, February 8.
The dance company, under the direction of dance teacher Becky Knight, performed two pieces. ‘Suffrage’ based on the suffragette movement of the 19th Century. This piece will also be danced at the Great British Dance Regional finals in March.
The second piece ‘Fireflame’ danced by KS3 pupils explored London’s rebuilding after being destroyed in the Great Fire, The Blitz and, in more recent times, riots and St Richards Boys dance company presented their piece ‘NYC Windback’.
Becky says all those taking part gave a spectacular performance. “Senior dancers presented a piece entitled ‘suffrage’ after a study on the suffragette movement,” she said.
“This moving piece is also being taken to the regional finals for the Great British Dance Off following on from a successful county audition.
“Junior dancers gave a performance entitled ‘fire flame’ based on fires that have ravaged London throughout history.
“The newly create boys’ dance company took the stage for the very first time to an outstanding reception from all those watching at the White Rock. They bravely and brilliantly took on the theme on New York Gangs in the 80s.
“I was incredibly proud of all who took part, their fantastic team spirit and hard work.”
Year 8 performer, Millie White, says the show was a great opportunity for the cast to perform together on stage in front of a large and supportive audience, adding: “It was great fun and we can’t wait for the next time.”
Jack Eaton, year 10, who danced the male lead in the ‘Suffrage’ said: “It felt incredibly moving to be dancing in such a powerful piece particularly after studying the topic in History.”
Vice-Principal Deborah Bligh said that for most of the youngsters taking part in the show it was the very fist time they had performed on stage in a professional show. She added: “Watching the youngsters confidence come out on stage was an incredibly proud moment for staff and teachers.”