Young dancers set to daz­zle au­di­ences

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - WHAT'S ON - By Sonja Ras­mussen

DANCING teacher San­dra Scott is feel­ing very proud. That’s be­cause her dancing school, which cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary last year, takes to the stage of His Majesty’s Theatre next week in a show which she feels demon­strates how far they have come. Founder and prin­ci­pal of the Bridge of Don-based school, San­dra brings 250 pupils – in­clud­ing 18 boys – to the stage in her school’s 14th show which boasts a va­ri­ety of dance styles in­clud­ing Big Band, Jazz and Hip Hop. She says: “I feel very proud of where I’ve ended up, I can’t be­lieve how many chil­dren have come and gone, some of them to dance pro­fes­sion­ally and some of them to univer­sity.” San­dra, who has taught bal­let, jazz, tap, mod­ern and High­land dancing in the city for 30 years, has pupils rang­ing in age from two to 28. She says: “The scari­est thing this year is when some of my old se­nior girls come in to see their own chil­dren in the show. Oh boy, is that scary!” Some of her pupils have also been with her al­most from the be­gin­ning – two of this year’s adult dance class danced in San­dra’s sec­ond show at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre, one as a two-year-old and the other was four. Some ex-pupils have also come back to chore­o­graph pieces for next week’s show. She ex­plains: “We do a show ev­ery sec­ond year, al­ter­nat­ing with ex­ams in be­tween. The kids def­i­nitely learn a lot from ex­ams – they get a good ground­ing in tech­nique and per­for­mance.” This year’s show, Fierce Fresh and Fab­u­lous, will sweep au­di­ences into a mu­si­cal ar­ray of youth and en­thu­si­asm, says San­dra. Get­ting all of her 250 pupils on stage is noth­ing short of a mir­a­cle. Says San­dra: “It all hap­pens – but with great dif­fi­culty. Ev­ery year I try not to have quick changes, and you would think that with all those dancers on stage, you could man­age to avoid it. “Some of the kids are in 10 items, which means there are quick changes that can’t be avoided.” Many of San­dra’s ex-pupils have gone on to fol­low ca­reers in dance, and next week’s show also has sev­eral stars-in-the-mak­ing, says San­dra. “There are a few who would love to go to theatre school right now, but I’d al­ways en­cour­age them to stick in at school first.” San­dra Scott’s School of Dancing per­forms Fierce Fresh and Fab­u­lous at His Majesty’s Theatre next Wed­nes­day to Satur­day at 7pm. Tick­ets from Aberdeen Box Of­fice on 01224-641122.

STARS: Olivia Quinn, left, and Emily Davidge.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.