After months of anticipation and hard work by local children and their dance teachers the Stafford and Stone Schools ‘Gotta Dance’ Festival took place at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre across four evenings between Wednesday 27th and Saturday 30th April 2016.
The annual event, organised by Stafford Sports and Performance Academy, continues to grow year on year in popularity and this year was no exception with over 1000 young people from 25 schools and local dance groups from across Staffordshire performing in front of packed audiences of friends and family.
Each weekday evening saw these audiences entertained by a variety of local school and a select group of Stafford Sports and Performance Academy dance groups as well as local acts such as ‘Dappa Dance’. Talented soloists also performed across the evening to provide extra musical entertainment.
The Saturday show took on a slightly different spin and showcased all of the Stafford Sports and Performance Academy dance groups, with specialist groups performing a variety of ballet and musical theatre through to contemporary and street dance.
Stafford Sports and Performance Academy Street and contemporary dance teacher Hayley Wenlock said:
“This show is the highlight of the year for all of our groups as the audience always gets really behind the children, which just adds to the buzz of performing on stage. It was great to see all their hard work pay off and they already can’t wait for their next performance!”
Ballet and musical theatre teacher Nicole Manning was also particularly happy for her groups.
“The children and the excitement has been building for the show for weeks now so we are just really glad it went to plan and that the children made the most of this fantastic opportunity with smiles on their faces.
“As always thanks must go to the technical and front of house teams at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, as well as to all the school staff members who made the event possible. Gary and the team at GCG Photography were also with us each evening and really caught the emotions of the week well, so thanks must also go to them.”
Plans for the 2017 event are already being made so make a note in your diaries: Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April. Returning as well as new school acts are welcome!
All photos courtesy of GCG Photography