The Appolinari Dance Studio celebrated its 30th anniversary in the Webster Memorial Theatre last Wednesday (June 10), performing a varied and entertaining programme to a capacity audience.
Dance director Edwina Barraclough must be congratulated for her choreography which throughout the evening allowed her pupils to enthusiastically demonstrate all of the styles of dance taught to them in the Studio. Edwina was ably assisted by Beth Callon whose vibrant choreography energised all of the ‘Hip Hop’ numbers in the show.
The evening ran smoothly from start to finish. All of the pupils, from the very youngest in Class 1 to the senior classes and the ladies in the Adult Class, showed first class dancing skills and excellent teamwork in their many and varied dances. This, together with the pupils’ colourful costumes, the excellent sound and the sympathetic lighting, all resulted in a memorable evening.
Mention must be made of some of the performers, particularly those involved in solos and duets and set pieces.
From Class 3, Kyesha Black, Poppy Donachie and Evie Scrimger danced a graceful ‘Ballerina’ in their brightly coloured tutus creating a pretty divertissement.
From Class 4, Natalie Robertson dancing confidently in a demi character role captivated her audience with her ‘Nina – Pretty Ballerina’. Megan Christie, Megan Greenhill, Rebecca McWatt and Ruby Wales from the same class also delighted with their beautifully danced ‘Pas de Quatre’.
From Class 5 Wednesday, Remy Beattie, Nicola Fairlie and Ellice Parsley, dancing beautifully en pointe to the haunting ‘Comptine d’un Autre Ete’, produced an emotive vignette. Remy and Ellice later joined in ‘Variations du Miroir’, a classical piece taken from the opera ‘Faust’ by Gounod which further demonstrated their strong balletic technique and control. Later, Ellice also gave us a beautifully evocative interpretation of the lovely piece ‘I Giorni’. Nicola Fairlie danced confidently to ‘Skinny Love’ giving the piece a strong performance with her own innovative choreography. A group of senior pupils, consisting of Beth Callon, Danielle Phillips, Ellice Parsley, Devon Adam, Jaymie Bray, Kathleen Esslemont, Lisa Croall and Remy Beattie danced superbly and in perfect unison and delighted their audience in ‘Passion’, ‘Capone’ and ‘Stuck on You’.
From the brilliant gold ‘Isis’ wings on display at the beginning of the Finale sequence to the excellent costumes and enthusiastic dancing, the ensemble performance of an excerpt from Michael Flatley’s show ‘Celtic Tiger’ brought a memorable 30th anniversary Show to a climactic close.