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Pupils from six local primary schools joined Ridgeway for the annual ‘Love Dance’ event. Many thanks to Bidston Village, St Joseph’s in Birkenhead, St Joseph’s in Upton, St Peter’s, Our Lady and St Edward’s and Bidston Avenue.
Everyone arrived in their fabulous costumes, ready to dance and show off their hard work to an enthusiastic audience of families and friends. Our own students performed some of their own choreography as well as pieces worked on in Dance Club and some GCSE work that has been entered into a national competition.
When the primary schools rehearsed their dances before the show day, Ridgeway students helped them to practise and took the younger students under their wing to help them learn the finale dance to Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat.
Miss Love says: “Seeing the students help the younger primary school-aged dancers has been really uplifting. They have become excellent dancers and role models. This is such an exciting event and the opportunity to host all this talent from the local area is a real privilege.
Arwen Radley and Connor Styring started off the two shows with real flair and panache, introducing each school up to the dance floor. There was also invaluable help from GCSE Performing Arts students behind the scenes: Samuel Dempsey, Kieran McKay and Lewis Reece on sound and Jordan Napthine, Paul Collins and Andrew McKenna on lighting.”
Everyone had a great time, watching the professionals. The students thoroughly enjoyed the show and sang along merrily. However, although the performance was fantastic, everyone agreed that Ridgeway’s Miss Hannigan, Jessica Rooney, outshone the ‘Birds of a Feather’ star by a mile.
Emily Stewart, who played Ridgeway’s Annie, said: “It was brilliant! It was great to see it so long after our performance. It brought back great memories.” In fact, the majority of students on the trip were in Ridgeway’s Annie cast and shared Emily’s feelings of nostalgia.
Miss Bonsall, our performing-arts coordinator and director of the musical Annie, reflects on an exhilarating experience for all concerned.
“The performances were outstanding. The performers were focused, energetic and talented. Each individual gave it their all! The second night was particularly explosive and the cast delivered their final show with a bang. I am so proud of how well the cast and crew worked as a team. They helped each other with quick changes and kept everyone’s confidence levels high. The enthusiasm was infectious and brought the entire production to life.
“All of the students have progressed so much since rehearsals began many months ago. Each individual has developed his/her techniques and grown massively in confidence. There was sublime dancing, pitch-perfect singing and an abundance of energy. Fun was had by all and outstanding performance levels were reached, leaving the audience wanting more…”