A group of Irish dance students from Hoylake School of Dance has been selected from hundreds of dance acts from around the UK to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.
The dancers will join 24 other dance acts to appear at the first ever Dance Proms, a major national dance festival, at the Royal Albert Hall on 13th November.
The students won a public vote (mentioned here) – against four other dance acts – to take part in the prestigious Dance Proms. The group of 24 dancers are aged from 11 – 14 years and their routine Siamsa (which was rehearsed by Louise Rutter) is an Irish piece choreographed by Karen Bostock – inspired by her time performing in the international smash hit Spirit of the Dance. The tempo of the music changes frequently so that the dancers are able to show a huge range of Irish dance techniques. The genre of the dance and the Shamrock green costumes promise to bring some cultural flavour to the dance festival.
Dance Proms, organised by the UK’s leading dance organisations: the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD); and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in association with the Royal Albert Hall, Britain’s most iconic venue; celebrates dance in all its forms and the unique relationship between students and their dance teachers. The initiative covers all dance genres from ballet to ballroom, salsa to street dance, and jive to jazz dance.
Teachers and students from each of the participating dance organisations were invited to enter a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre. The pieces could be performed as a solo, couple, trio or group performance.
Entries, which were submitted online by video, were judged by a panel including Artistic Directors and senior examiners from all three organisations who selected a shortlist of 24 dance acts to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 13th November 2011. An online public vote took place in June to decide the final (25th) act to join the shortlist.
Christopher Nourse, Dance Proms Project Manager comments: “We have a fantastic line-up of acts from all over the UK for Dance Proms and with a diverse range of genres from tap and ballet to ballroom and South Asian dance, there will be something for everyone to enjoy on 13th November. Thousands of people participated in our online vote, which is a great indication of the tremendous enthusiasm and support for Dance Proms. This is the first time that these three organisations have collaborated in such a way, so it should create a unique experience for all involved and we are delighted that we are able to showcase emerging talent from our young dancers in such a fantastic setting.”