Brenda Taylor School of Dance Christmas Tales

Entertainment / Wed 18th Dec 2019 pm31 12:30pm

THE Brenda Taylor School of Dance and Performing Arts is 54 years old but from their recent performances at their Latton Bush dance centre of ‘Christmas Tales’ they are showing no signs of slowing down!

The dance centre has been magically turned into a wintery wonderland for the four sell out shows which opened with an excerpt from Whistle Down the Wind. This featured a number of students taking on solo singing roles for the first time. Next came scenes from Roald Dahl’s The Witches. There were notable performances from Emma Knudsen, Chloe Black, Jago Wright, Rebecca Smith and Makony Diomande as lead characters and the younger members of the school as frightened children or terrifying witches.

Contemporary dance is new to the timetable at the school but you would have never have guessed this after watching Paige Coney-Shaw and the other older students as they danced to Take That’s Rule the World at the end of this excerpt. Charleigh-Faye Clark was the child who ‘didn’t believe’ in the piece from The Polar Express, but she soon did after meeting the very cute tiny dancers who stole the show as elves and then the main man himself, Father Christmas.

The final excerpt was from Mary Poppins. Charlotte Beatty and Naavah Dixon played Jane and Millie Banks with great aplomb. The show was written by Kathryn Taylor who also directed. She was ably assisted by Brenda Taylor, whose costumes were superb. The sound and imaginative lighting were straight from the West End. Altogether a fabulous show, well done to everyone involved.

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