Harlow Playhouse hosts “Outstanding talent at eNgage 2014”

Harlow Playhouse / Fri 4th Jul 2014 am31 10:38am

engageEPPING Forest District Council Arts Development team hosted its annual dance platform, ‘eNgage’ at Harlow Playhouse Theatre, on Tuesday 24 June.

The packed audience enjoyed a wide range of dance styles from tap to hip hop and contemporary to musical theatre.

This year welcomed two new groups from the Epping Forest district to perform; DNA Studios from Waltham Abbey and Epping St John’s, who teamed up with Flashdancers from Ivy Chimneys Primary School, wowed the audience with their routines.

Groups from outside the Epping Forest district were also invited to perform. The Boswells School in Chelmsford, Harlow College, Harlow Fields and Hip Hop Pop from Harlow all made their eNgage debut.

This year the show offered more than dance by introducing ‘Sing!’ – a new project from Epping Forest District Council.

For the first time, pupils of Moreton CE Primary School performed a variety of songs they have been learning with Choral Animateur Chris Wray. ‘Sing!’ aims to help primary schools develop and sustain extra curricular choirs.

The Arts Development team was proud to reveal the new eNgage logo as part of the grand finale. Students from Epping Forest College, who designed the flyers and programme, were set a new challenge; to design a logo for the show. Stephanie Jack was chosen as the winner and from 2015 her logo will be used to promote and accompany the show.

Epping Forest District Council Dance Development Artist Vanessa Gayton said; “eNgage 2014 certainly had the Wow Factor! The performance showcased the incredible talent of young people in and around the Epping Forest district, bringing them together for one night. I am extremely proud of all those involved and it was encouraging to see so many male dancers take to the stage compared to previous years.”

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