SJR’s Dance students were proud to represent the College at Up Holland High School’s annual Dance Festival.
This year’s theme was ‘Legends’ which inspired the performers to choreograph routines to a range of well known classic and modern musical hits; from Dolly Parton to Michael Jackson, The Spice Girls and Beyoncé, there was a routine to cater to all musical tastes.
Performers varied in age from primary school pupils up to high school and sixth form college students, which made for a diverse evening of entertainment complete with musical interludes from Up Holland High School’s talented singers.
SJR’s first performance came from the Year 13 Dance group to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. The students choreographed a unique routine which was inspired by Jackson’s famous music video. Dance teacher, Rebecca McDonald, proudly said, “They have worked extremely hard to draw from the iconic movements to create a routine that is completely original.” And original it certainly was, as the group took to the stage in ghoulish costumes complete with gravestone props that they had hand made themselves. The performance was an electrifying thrill ride of daring lifts and awe-inspiring tricks.
Next up were the Year 12 group who said, “We were so nervous! This was our first performance so we really wanted to get it right.” The group had nothing to worry about and showed no signs of nervousness once they were beneath the spotlights. The students chose to perform to Bill Haley and His Comets’ classic hit ‘Rock Around the Clock’, with the audience clapping along to a high energy and uplifting display of perfectly synchronised movements.
After the show, Rebecca McDonald said, “I’m so proud of them for putting on such a professional show and we are really grateful to Up Holland High School for giving our students the opportunity to showcase their talents.”
St John Rigby College would like to say congratulations to all involved in this festival and thanks once again to the staff and students of Up Holland High School for allowing us to be a part of such a spectacular event.