Photo gallery: Young performers dance their way through class at Norwich summer school

Norfolk Dance Association's annual Summer school with Rachael Hunt from the English National Ballet School. Photo: Bill Smith Norfolk Dance Association's annual Summer school with Rachael Hunt from the English National Ballet School. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Young performers have been taking to a Norwich stage for a special show celebrating dance.

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Norfolk Dance Association's annual Summer school with Rachael Hunt from the English National Ballet School. Photo: Bill SmithNorfolk Dance Association's annual Summer school with Rachael Hunt from the English National Ballet School. Photo: Bill Smith

More than 80 dancers aged seven to 18 have this week been taking part in Norfolk Dance Association’s annual summer school, and on Thursday for their grand finale they performed a showcase packed full of ballet, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary dance.

The show, performed to family and friends at the Hewett School’s Walter Roy Theatre, was the culmination of six days of classes and rehearsals which began on Saturday.

Ilse Chant, chairman of the Norfolk Dance Association, said it was lovely to see the young people progress over the six days and present a fantastic final show.

She said: “The children had some excellent teaching, they made friends and enjoyed themselves.

Norfolk Dance Association's annual Summer school with Rachael Hunt from the English National Ballet School. Photo: Bill SmithNorfolk Dance Association's annual Summer school with Rachael Hunt from the English National Ballet School. Photo: Bill Smith

“They had great fun in the rehearsals, and it is fantastic what they have achieved and what the teachers have choreographed.”

During the 2014 summer school the ballet classes were taught by Rachael Hunt, a teacher from the English National Ballet School, and contemporary dance was taught by Jane Coulston, choreographer and director of Beyond Repair Dance Company.

The musical theatre classes were run by Sam Spencer-Lane, whose credits include choreographing various West End shows, and jazz was taught by Stephen Butler, a seasoned performer and teacher at Mountview College. Classes were also accompanied by professional pianist Mark Brown.

The Norfolk Dance Association has been running since 1981.

As well as its summer school the association also runs Days of Dance events throughout the year at the Hewett School.

For more information about Norfolk Dance Association visit www.norfolkdanceassociation.co.uk

• Are you organising a special performance in Norwich? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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