After only 10 weeks of training the intrepid teachers and students of George Spencer Academy finally took to the floor on Friday night to perform their three routines amid great excitement and anticipation.
The venue looked fantastic together with the lighting, sound and media systems and a huge thank you to the team at George Spencer led by John Wilson who put this all together.
The stars of the show were, of course, the teachers and pupils together with their experienced dance partners from the Dance Centre. The event was a complete sell out with two hundred people gathered in eager anticipation at what was to come, but as many again were on the waiting list for tickets.
The event began with Chris “Bruce” Haggett and Louise “Tess” Aldred opening with a little Waltz number before introducing the contestants and outlining how the event would run. All 12 couples then performed two routines, one ballroom from either a Waltz or Quickstep and one latin from either a Cha Cha Cha or Paso Doble. All of them did a great job and can be proud of what they achieved in such a short space of time.
All couples then performed a group Tango routine which culminated in Chris Haggett being lifted through the centre of the circle causing a great reaction from the enthusiastic crowd.
The Adjudicators, Claire Hall, Andrew Field and Charlotte O’ Loughlin then had the unenviable task of selecting six of the couples to perform again in the final. This was no doubt a difficult decision but the chosen couples were:
Seth and Karen, Georgina and Luke, Craig and Lydia, Jasmine and Paul, Alistair and Emily and Sarah and Josh.
These couples all then performed their favourite routine again and having now got the initial nerves out of the way, they turned in some fantastic performances. The Adjudicators then gave their opinions and all the finalists scored highly but the winners with the Adjudicators were Georgina and Luke. However this was only for guidance as the real winners were to be selected entirely by the audience.
Whilst the votes were being counted, Liam and Alex (the current British Amateur Classical Sequence Champions) treated the crowd to a beautiful Waltz demonstration which earned them a standing ovation from the audience. Alex, who started dancing with us about ten years ago as a complete beginner, was herself a pupil at George Spencer prior to going to University.
The winner was then announced and it was very close but the audience chose Alistair and Emily.
An event like this can only happen with the help and co-operation of many people and so we would like to thank all the staff, pupils and Friends of George Spencer who helped in any way, our sponsor, I M Print for kindly providing funds to help make the event a success and our Adjudicators, Claire Hall, Andrew Field and Charlotte O’ Loughlin.
Most of all however, a huge thank you to all the pupils and staff at George Spencer who took part, for approaching the event with such enthusiasm and dedication. Also to our own dancers, Luke, Joanne, Liam, Alex, Josh, Charlotte, Lydia, Emily, Paul, Karen, Andy and Neil for freely giving up their time and sharing their own love of dance.
A massive thank you to Chris Haggett for doing a terrific amount of work in helping turn the concept into reality, we could not have done it without him.
I think everyone involved with this project has enjoyed it tremendously and made it an event to be proud of. I am sure that it will be one that everyone will be keen to repeat. Watch this space!!!