Dancers are reign­ing for their movie star pa­rade

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by AMITA JOSHI amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @ami­ta­joshi

RUISLIP dancers who won £6,000 for Hilling­don Mayor’s Char­ity Ap­peal for per­form­ing in the rain-hit Lon­don New Year’s Day Pa­rade 2017 (LNYDP) were recog­nised for their achieve­ment at a spe­cial awards cer­e­mony.

Hilling­don mayor John Hens­ley pre­sented medals to the 45 JAM2000 Per­form­ing Arts’ per­form­ers, as well as to a small army of vol­un­teers who had helped be­hind the scenes.

The cer­e­mony, held at Uxbridge Civic Cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 13, also saw the mayor get a prize for the group fin­ish­ing fifth in the pa­rade’s Lon­don bor­ough com­pe­ti­tion.

LNYDP ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Robert Bone pre­sented the cheque, to­gether with a tro­phy, to Judy McPhee, di­rec­tor of JAM2000, who pro­duced and chore­ographed Hilling­don’s movie-in­spired pa­rade theme, Lights, Cam­era, Ac­tion.

Judy said: “It was won­der­ful for ev­ery­one that was in­volved in Hilling­don’s en­try to be re­warded for putting on such a fan­tas­tic show in such hor­ren­dous weather con­di­tions.

“The show must go on, as they say, and I’m proud to say that ours did in spec­tac­u­lar style with­out a sin­gle word of com­plaint from any­one, not even our youngest per­form­ers.”

De­spite it rain­ing on their pa­rade, the JAM2000 cast did not al­low the con­di­tions to dampen their spir­its as they sang, danced, waved and smiled for two hours from Green Park to Par­lia­ment Square, with crowds of more than 500,000 cheer­ing them on along the route.

The per­form­ers were dressed as char­ac­ters from some of the big­gest and best-known Hol­ly­wood clas­sics, with the ac­tual Bat­mo­bile that was driven by Michael Keaton in 1989 film pro­vid­ing a spec­tac­u­lar cen­tre­piece to Hilling­don’s en­try.

Called Hilling­don Boule­vard, the bor­ough’s en­try in­cluded the char­ac­ters Bat­man, Robin, Mr Freeze, Pen­guin, Joker and Cat­woman.

A group of young girls played Key­stone Cops, with older girls por­tray­ing the likes of Ginger Rogers, The Ma­trix char­ac­ters and tango-danc­ing Hol­ly­wood show­girls. There were also four char­ac­ters from The Wiz­ard of Oz – Dorothy (and Toto), Tin Man, Scare­crow and Lion.

Lit­tle or­phan An­nie made an ap­pear­ance, as did The Blues Brothers, to­gether with char­ac­ters from Chicago.

There were also char­ac­ters from Cabaret, with mu­sic from the 1972 clas­sic movie ac­com­pa­ny­ing Hilling­don’s ac­tion-packed end of pa­rade show­piece.

The JAM2000 per­form­ers were among more than 10,000 par­tic­i­pants who were watched by a TV au­di­ence of more than 350 mil­lion across the world.

Chil­dren from Hilling­don on the New Year’s Pa­rade

The Mayor and May­oress of Hilling­don, John and Diane Hens­ley with per­form­ing arts di­rec­tor Judy McPhee

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