Continuing on from last year’s success, Dance Proms 2012 took place last weekend at one of London’s most iconic venues, The Royal Albert Hall.
Launched in 2011, Dance Proms searches for the UK and Ireland’s most talented young dance students and is renowned as an all-encompassing national festival of dance.
As one of the sponsors, Consider This was lucky enough to attend this spectacular event. The night was hosted byTV presenterChris Hollins and featured 450 students, 26 dance acts and 10 dance genres; from traditional ballet, street dance, Irish-inspired tap dancing and cheerleaders. The music was just as versatile; from Holst Mars, 90’s pop band Spice Girls to X-Factor winner groupLittle Mix. Highlights included Goodman Dance Centre’s act “Wiked/Juicy”, choreographed by Louise Carlier, who brought a lot of energy to the stage for such young dancers.
Earlier this year dance teachers and students from Dance Proms partner organisations were given the opportunity to submit videos online of original choreography. These were judged by a panel, made-up of artistic directors, senior examiners from all Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA). Submissions were allowed to be from any dance genre and performed as a solo, trio or group. A public vote took place in June 2012 and resulted in Studio 1 (Dorset’s Centre for Performing Arts) being named as winners to perform at Dance Proms 2012. The school proved they were worthy of the place when they danced to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”, choreographed by Katie Knight.
The full Dance Proms line-up included:
- A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy
- Academy of Dance
- The BRIT School
- Centre Pointe
- Elsber School of Theatre Dance
- Expressions Theatre Arts
- Jayne Coleman Academy of Dance
- K S Dance
- Margaret Preedy Dance Studios
- Morgan Aslanoff School
- Performers College
- Quay Theatre Arts
- Roshe Performing Arts
- Rushby Dance and Fitness Centre
- SLP College
- Summerscales Performing Arts
- Susan Robinson School of Ballet
Special guest acts and patrons Strictly Come Dancing’sDarrren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, Top Hat’sTom Chambers and Summer Strallen and Step Into Dance Youth Company swept the floor with their performances. Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova said ‘We are so proud to return to Dance Proms for the second year running. It’s such a fantastic atmosphere and a great opportunity for young people to perform at an event of this scale and professionalism’.
The night ended magnificently with a finale choreographed by Sue Goodman and Assistant Cathy Plummer, and performed by all the acts to Basement Jaxx’s “Do Your Thing”. Watch the video here:
Consider This supported Dance Proms 2012 by printing its dance programmes (totalling 1,700), pull-up banners and posters. There was strong support from professionals in the industry. Patrons were: Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, Matt Flint, Chris Hollins, Len Goodman, Wayne Sleep OBE and the RAD’s PresidentDarcey Bussell CBE. Catch an interview with Darcey Bussell below:
A massive congratulations to all those involved and we look forward to next year’s event!