A dance school from Wellingborough is one of two which will be flying the flag for Northamptonshire at a huge national youth dancing celebration which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Kilburn School of Dance will be joined by the Northampton-based Mayhew School of Dance and Performing Arts at the prestigious Dance Proms 2016 event on October 30.
They will perform in front of an audience of dance lovers, talent spotters and celebrity patrons including Darcey Bussell CBE and Arlene Phillips CBE.
The Kilburn dancers will perform an original choreographed Classical Greek dance on the night called A Moment of Peace.
The 17 talented dancers, aged between 12 and 16 years old, won the final space to perform at Dance Proms through a Wildcard public vote. The students received the most votes from friends and family to win their spot.
The two Northants groups will perform alongside 20 other young groups from as far afield as Vietnam and Italy, performing in other genres such as Latin American, hip hop and neoclassical ballet.
Students at Mayhew School of Dance & Performing Arts study all aspects of dance. The 19 talented girls, aged between 5 and 11 years old, will perform an original choreographed character dance on the night called Phil the Fluter’s Ball. The performance marks a double milestone for the troupe, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Fiona Sheehan, principal, Mayhew School of Dance and Performing Arts said: “Being chosen to perform at Dance Proms 2016 is an amazing opportunity for our pupils.
“The Royal Albert Hall is such an iconic venue, and the children will leave with wonderful memories which they will treasure forever. Phil the Fluter’s Ball is a fun piece which the children adore performing.
“Each performer has developed their character individually, and together have managed to create a sense of community which works beautifully in the piece. Everyone watching will want to join in!”
Darcey Bussell CBE, celebrity patron of Dance Proms, said: “I attend the Dance Proms every year, and the sheer scale and spectacle of the event never fails to impress me. The young dancing talent on display is of such high standard and Mayhew School of Dance & Performing Arts and Kilburn School of Dance will make a great additions to the line-up this year.”
Dance Proms offers a platform for aspiring young dancers to perform on an international level at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall along with star guest performers.
More than 500 young dancers are selected by a panel of experts, including artistic directors and senior examiners from the world of dance. To qualify for Dance Proms, dance teachers submitted online videos of a short dance piece featuring original choreography.