Danc­ing into the spot­light

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Jonathan Ged­des

A promis­ing young Cathkin dancer is get­ting ready for a big show this week.

Olivia Pelosi, 13, is a first year stu­dent at the Dance School of Scot­land in Knightswood, Glas­gow.

She is one of sev­eral stu­dents per­form­ing in the school’s 2017 an­nual show­case dubbed Leg­ends tonight, Wed­nes­day, June 14, and to­mor­row, June 15 at Glas­gow’s Royal Con­cert Hall.

It will in­clude a per­for­mance of the clas­sic bal­let Rite of Spring, along with con­tem­po­rary and jazz pieces.

The chal­leng­ing chore­og­ra­phy will be danced by pupils aged 12 to 18 and the young dancers are cur­rently work­ing with ac­claimed Swe­den­based chore­og­ra­pher Ju­lian Moss, who is de­vel­op­ing the piece.

The dancers will also be joined by young­sters from St Mary’s Mu­sic School in Ed­in­burgh for some of the work.

Olivia’s proud mum Jenny is look­ing for­ward to see­ing her daugh­ter on one of Glas­gow’s most fa­mous stages. She said: “I’ll be go­ing both nights. “Olivia started danc­ing when she was four and af­ter a cou­ple of years it was sug­gested she try clas­si­cal bal­let.

“She was at a Scot­tish Bal­let ju­nior as­so­ci­ates pro­gramme and af­ter that de­cided she wanted to be a bal­let dancer, so she au­di­tioned for the dance school.

“There were 22 places and over 400 ap­pli­cants, so we were so pleased when she got in.”

A cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for vo­ca­tional dance, the Dance School of Scot­land nur­tures tal­ented young­sters from across the coun­try.

Stu­dents re­ceive free spe­cial­ist tu­ition from dance pro­fes­sion­als, but also take part in the main­stream cur­ricu­lum of Knightswood Sec­ondary School.

Jenny added: “Bal­let is some­thing that Olivia loves. It’s her main pas­sion, so she loves it there.

“The first two years are heav­ily about bal­let, so she is re­ally en­joy­ing it - she stays there dur­ing the week to fo­cus on it.”

Olivia will be cheered on by Jenny, dad David and her broth­ers Luke, 15, and twins Max and Guy, who are 11.

The show will be tonight at 7.30pm, and to­mor­row at 1.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are £13.50 for the evening shows or £5 for the af­ter­noon mati­nee.

Visit www.glas­gow­con­certhalls. com for more in­for­ma­tion and to buy tick­ets.

Bal­let is some­thing that Olivia loves. It’s her main pas­sion

Tal­ent Olivia is look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing tonight

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