The pupils of the Appolinari Dance Studio held their annual “Evening of Dance” in front of a capacity audience in the Webster Memorial Theatre on Friday, June 24.
Dance Director Edwina Barraclough expertly choreographed most of the dances which allowed her pupils to enthusiastically demonstrate all the styles of dance taught. Edwina was ably assisted by Beth Callon whose energetic hip hop choreography added another exciting dimension to the programme.
The evening ran smoothly from start to finish. All of the Studio’s pupils from the little ones in Class 1 to the young ladies in the Senior Classes and the ladies in the Adult Class demonstrated first class technique, enthusiasm and excellent teamwork in the many and varied dances which they performed.
Mention must be made of some of the performers, particularly those who took part in solos, duets and set pieces.
From Class 1, Leah Borland, Katie Edgley, Imogen Hawkins and Isla Shellard danced a short ballet piece displaying good timing and concentration.
From Class 2, Mary Benton, Sofia Cowan, Emily Dickson, Mia Multina and Sara Petcu performed gracefully together in their ballet “Adage 3”.
From Class 3, Ava Callon, Cora Duncan, Olivia Geddes, Grace Sargeant, Sophia Jarret, Lucy Spence and Heather Strathdee showed good composure, timing and excellent teamwork in their “Adage 4”.
Class 4 was divided into three sections and each section undertook a short ballet piece which they danced well, displaying both good teamwork and concentration. A “pas de deux” by Jessica Lightfoot and Madeleine Wise-Mann was particularly pleasing and was danced with confidence.
Daryl Geddes, Jenna Geddes and Skye Geddes from Class 5 Saturday displayed good technique in “One Call Away” which they also choreographed.
Class 5 Wednesday. A group consisting of Beth Callon, Danielle Phillips, Ellice Parsley, Devon Adam, Jaymie Bray, Kathleen Esslemont, Lisa Croall and Remy Beattie delighted the audience with their numbers, “Sing Sing Sing”, “Love Shack” and “Wings”, in the course of which they demonstrated excellent dance technique and teamwork. Ellice and Remy also danced an exquisite “pas de deux” in “Adage 3”. This was a beautiful classical vignette which displayed the girls’ gracefulness and strong technique “en pointe”.
Nicola Fairlie danced to her own choreography in “Begin Again”, a strong performance which was danced with passion and precision.
A “Blacklight” finale brought the show to a close. This was exceptionally well executed by all concerned given the fast tempo of the piece and the numbers of pupils involved. The whole number ran like clockwork producing a visual on stage spectacle which fittingly rounded off what had proved to be a delightful evening’s performance.
Dressing Room Assistants: Linsay Barraclough, Elaine Fosbury, Beth Greig, Karen Greig, Hilda Gordon,
Chloe McDonald, Kally Smith, Jane Stewart, Anna Rootham, Stacey Small and Pauline Willis.
Lighting: AML Lighting.
Sound Recording: Alex Cargill
Stage Manager: Bob Barraclough
Flys/ Wings: Keith Barraclough and Rod Davidson
Programmes: Norma and Ian Cargill