Dance pupils prove they are fab­u­lous

Ex-stu­dent show ‘loon’ turns hand to di­rect­ing “It raised £45,000” “A guy called Ken Corth”

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

SCORES of ama­teur dancers took Aberdeen’s grand­est stage by storm. Mark­ing its 30th an­niver­sary, the San­dra Scott School of Dancing kicked off a fournight run at His Majesty’s with a new show. And Fierce, Fresh and Fab­u­lous wowed the au­di­ence with a fu­ri­ous and di­verse set. Dozens of cos­tume changes among the 250 in­di­vid­ual dancers changed the pace for ev­ery one of the scores of dif­fer­ent per­for­mances. A poppy open­ing to a Black Eyed Peas track gave way to a run of pieces by pupils as young as two or three years old. Tra­di­tional High­land dancing sat along­side in­no­va­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tions of mod­ern clas­sics as the show vis­ited big band, jazz and hip hop rou­tines. And as the ex­trav­a­ganza toured the mu­si­cal decades, the dancers put on their own adap­ta­tions of mod­ern clas­sics, in­clud­ing Ch­eryl Cole’s Para­chute rou­tine. The first half ended with an homage to TV hit Glee as the massed ranks of the dancers sang and danced to Don’t Stop Believin’. The sec­ond half burst into a start with a faith­fully fright­en­ing ren­di­tion of Michael Jack­son’s Thriller. And a bal­let-led med­ley of Queen hits was a fur­ther sec­ond half high­light. Light­ning-quick changes hap­pened with­out a glitch through­out the three-hour show. The glossy chore­og­ra­phy charmed the au­di­ence with en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause greeting ev­ery changeover. Run ends Satur­day.

Pupils from the Scott School of Dancing put on a su­perb show.

The drama teacher has been in seven of them over the years, and now, at the grand old age of 29, he takes on the man­tle of di­rec­tor for this year’s ex­trav­a­ganza which is staged next week at His Majesty’s Theatre. Ryan says the po­si­tion is mak­ing him...


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