Young dancers show off their talents at rehearsals for Beccles pantomime

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood.
Dance teacher Charlotte Wood with

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Dance teacher Charlotte Wood with some of the dancers. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

As rehearsals get under way for this year's Beccles pantomime, choreographer Charlotte Wood and some of the dancers took chief reporter Amy Smith through one of their routines...

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Ten young dancers from across Waveney will be taking to the stage in Beccles as part of this year's pantomime production of Robin Hood.

The dancers, whose ages range from 11 to 18, have been busy learning their steps each weekend at Lowestoft's Stella Marris Hall, with five routines for them to master.

Led by show choreographer Charlotte Wood, the dancers started rehearsals at the start of the month following the audition process in September, and will soon join with the rest of the cast to bring the show together.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Miss Wood, 40, has been running her own dance school for seven years, teaching classes in Hopton and Corton.


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She has been working as a choreographer for the past few years and is part of the Beccles pantomime team for the second year running.

She said: 'Most of the time you listen to a piece of music and just know what you want to do with it.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomine Robin Hood, with chief reporter Amy Smith pict

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomine Robin Hood, with chief reporter Amy Smith pictured in the back row. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

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'Rehearsals have been going great and they have all be working really hard. They come every Saturday and Sunday and we cover the vocals and dance in rehearsals.

'I love doing it and they really seem to be enjoying themselves.'

Isabelle Dixon, 12, is one of the youngest members of the group and has been dancing since the age of four.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The Lowestoft Ormiston Denes Academy pupil said: 'Over the Christmas period it gives you something fun to do and it's really good performing on a big stage so you can show everyone what you can do.

'I usually get nervous for the first show, but once you get on the stage it's really fun.'

Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Birch, who is studying performing arts at East Coast College's Lowestoft campus, is taking part for the third year.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood.
Dance teacher Charlotte Wood with

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Dance teacher Charlotte Wood with some of the dancers. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

She said: 'When I do pantomime and I know that people are enjoying watching me it's a really good feeling.

'All the dancers get on really well and we've definitely formed some friendships.'

Robin Hood is the third pantomime that SparkLive Pantomimes has brought to Beccles Public Hall in so many years.

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood.
Dance teacher Charlotte Wood with

Young dancers in rehearsals for the Beccles pantomime Robin Hood. Dance teacher Charlotte Wood with some of the dancers. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The show will run for 12 performances from Friday, December 22, with tickets priced at £10 for children and £12 for adults.

To book, visit the Public Hall box office, open from 10am until 3pm Monday to Saturday, call 01502 770060 or visit www.becclespublichall.org.uk

Learning the routine

I haven't been to a dance class since my early teenage years, and even then I'm not sure I was really that good.

But when the team behind this year's Beccles pantomime invited me down to a rehearsal with some of the young dancers, I thought it sounded like good fun.

The girls were really keen to tell me about their dancing backgrounds and how rehearsals had been going, and despite feeling a little nervous they were all really welcoming.

I took my place at the back of the hall, not wishing to embarrass myself too much, but the choreographer Charlotte Wood took me through the steps nice and slowly, practicing first without the music and then adding in the soundtrack Holding Out for a Hero.

The added pressure was knowing the Journal photographer was filming the whole process, but luckily it all started to flow and once I had learnt the steps and put the whole routine together, it felt great to be able to perform it with the gang.

Don't worry, I won't be appearing in the actual pantomime, I'll leave that to the guys and girls who really know what they are doing, but it felt really good to jump around again and have some fun.

Thanks to the team for being patient with me!

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