Trophies all around for Step Ahead dancers
Step Ahead had a number of wins at the last two festivals we participated in. To name a few, in June, Jessica Thurston, 10 was awarded 1st place for her ballet, character, tap and musical comedy solos. Laura Kay, 9 was awarded 1st place for her character, song and dance and 2nd place for her national solo. At the festival in September, seven trophies were awarded to various candidates for high marks in tap, national, song and dance, Greek and ballet.
Some Step Ahead pupils participate in dance competitions, or ‘festivals’, across the north west. Each competitor has a repertoire of solos – a ballet dance, a tap dance, and so on – and then performs these dances in front of an adjudicator, competing against dancers from other schools. The sections are divided into age groups, from ‘babies’ up to eighteen year olds.
Festivals are a fantastic opportunity to develop pupils’ confidence and ability to perform in front of an audience. It is also interesting to observe styles of choreography from other schools, encouraging a healthy but challenging sense of competition and showmanship in the dancers.
The adjudicator selects four competitors as first, second, third and fourth places. These are the ‘winners’ of the section. Obviously you can’t win all the time, but importantly this develops character in the dancer – and teaches them how to lose as well as win with dignity.
We hope our competitiors maintain the high standard of performance and technique that has been set, and continue to represent Step Ahead so professionally and successfully.