Dancers from North Lynn’s Footlights Performing Arts will be showcasing their talents on the Hunstanton stage later this month, following huge successes at Cromer Dance Festival.
The Festival saw the talented young dancers impressing the judges and taking home both the junior and senior bursaries, which are awarded to the most promising dancers.
Barely stopping to catch their breath, the dance school has been hard at work rehearsing for their part in upcoming show Pop Factor, which will arrive at the Princess Theatre on May 25.
Principal Tina Rodgers said: “They’re doing a dance to One Direction’s One Way Or Another while the professionals sing, the choreographer came to teach them the dance. I think they’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of performing and they’ll learn a lot from working with the professionals.”
The show celebrates the best in pop music with a glorious hit soundtrack that embraces the music, fashion and cultural trends of the UK. It features a vibrant ensemble cast who have trained at some of the most prestigious art schools in the UK. They invite the audience to sing and dance along with them as they perform this energetic show.
Footlights’ pupils will also have an opportunity to perform in the annual show as well as competing in dance competitions around the country.
The school has already performed at theatres around the country, including Sadlers Wells, the Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Disneyland Florida and on Mediterranean cruises, as well as performing in front of a range of celebrities at the new MGM studios at EuroDisney in Paris.
Tina added: “It’s always nice to win the top awards at competitions.”
Coming up, Footlights Performing Arts will be hosting an open summer school for experienced dancers and complete novices who want to test out their skills in front of former students who now work as professionals.
Josh Wiley, who is now a principal dancer for Phoenix Dance Company, and Luke Field-Wright, who has danced with Kylie Minogue and various celebrities, will be running the session.
Tina said: “It’s so rewarding when you train a dancer from scratch and see where they end up.
“It’s lovely when they come back to visit and it’s great for the younger ones to see where they could end up.”
Pop Factor is at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre on May 25, from 6.30pm. Tickets cost £10.20-£12.50 with family and group deals available. Contact the box office on 01485 532252 to book.
For more information about the summer school, contact Tina on 07787 155124.