Oban young­sters blow away Bal­let West chief with spec­tac­u­lar dance show

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

HUN­DREDS of par­ents and danc­ing en­thu­si­asts made their way to the Cor­ran Halls in Oban last week to watch Oban High School’s dance show, which left Bal­let West’s vice prin-cipal ‘amazed’.

Spectators were treated to three shows over two days of dance on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, with a num­ber of per­for­mances from Bal­let West’s full-time stu­dents, stu­dents from their out-reach pro­gramme, led by Amanda Sloss, and 250 pupils from Oban High School. Dance groups from S1-S6, the gym­nas­tics squad, High­land dancers and Oban High School Pipe Band, pri­mary hip hop, and S1, S2 and S3 Oban High School of Dance all en­sured the show was a huge suc­cess.

Speak­ing about Wednes-day’s show, Jonathan Bar­ton, vice prin­ci­pal at Bal­let West, said: ‘I was ac­tu­ally amazed by the dance show. I’ve watched it ev­ery year for the last four years and there was a big dif­fer­ence in their per­for­mance.

‘Each year the level of dancers has been steadily get­ting bet­ter, but this year took it to a new level. It’s be­cause Oban High School has em­braced danc­ing over the years. It en­cour­ages them to learn at a high level, not just a club level, and the dif­fer­ence is huge. Any­one that was there would have had a great night.’

Twenty-six se­nior dance lead­ers have held a full pro­gramme of classes from Au­gust in prepa­ra­tion for the show, at no cost to pupils at­tend­ing. Three dance lead­ers also held a weekly class at the high school for P6 and P7 pupils, which was a new ad­di­tion to the show. The mati­nee per­for­mance on Thurs­day

was at­tended by hun­dreds of pri­mary school pupils, which added to the ex­cite­ment for the new first year stu­dents tak­ing part in the show.

PE teacher Denise Gem­mell who along with the PE depart­ment or­gan­ised the show, sad: 'We are so proud of our pupils; they worked so hard and put on a very pro­fes­sional show.

'Our younger pupils are cer­tainly ben­e­fit­ing from our School of Dance pro­grammes. The qual­ity of their per­for­mances has re­ally im­proved, which is a tes­ta­ment to our part­ner-ship with Bal­let West and the huge num­ber of dance lead­ers pro­vid­ing so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to dance in school.’

The high school pupils chore­ographed their own rou­tines, which Jonathan Bar­ton ac­knowl­edged ‘is not an easy thing to do’ and that ‘they done a re­ally good job’. The staff at Oban High School also got in­volved and per­formed a rou­tine of their own, which was ‘quite com­i­cal and had some good danc­ing in it’, ac­cord­ing to the Bal­let West vice prin-cipal. Head teacher Peter Bain thanked par­ents, staff, pupils and many mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for the in­cred­i­ble amount of hard work and sup­port that had gone into mak-ing the shows such a suc­cess.

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