Dancers Delight in Benenden Dance Show

02.05.2022
Dancers Delight in Benenden Dance Show

Pupils performed exceptional dances across a range of styles, for a packed audience of students, staff and parents in the recent Benenden Dance Show. The show opened with a series of student-led street dances by BDC (Benenden Dance Crew), run by Lara, Cheryl, Fah and Sara. The crowd could barely contain their excitement as students energetically and acrobatically rushed about the stage, bringing the attitude and dynamic to match a range of hit songs. From there, the audience was treated to a selection of Contemporary Dance pieces in which students showcased the techniques they have developed through their studies around the new specification of Rambert Grades this year. The first portion of the Contemporary Dance was comprised of individual classwork, and included everything from a mesmeric and moving exploration of the emotions, to a fast-paced and action-packed spy-inspired piece. The second portion was a collaborative effort inspired by hit television show Peaky Blinders, for which students brought the necessary swagger and commitment to character, exuding confidence as they moved about the space. Following a short break, the audience returned to the theatre to watch the Benenden Ballet Company perform Sleeping Beauty, as chosen by the Sixth Formers. The company crosses all year groups, from beginner to more experienced levels, and in their training students follow the ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet examination syllabus. The performance gave an original interpretation of the ballet, moving away from traditional music choices for particular passages, and featuring some choreography from the older dancers. Solos and duets were also choreographed by students. Amongst many stunning individual performances, the company on a whole performed with grace, assurance, cohesion and at times, a dash of good humour. Overall, the night was a great success, and the audience were fortunate to be treated to a spectacle worthy of any stage. Enormous congratulations are due to the students and staff involved in bringing the whole production together.