Young dancers set to dazzle audiences
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.