January 2019

Icons of pop celebrated in dance extravaganza

The legacies of some of the biggest names in music history were celebrated in style last Friday night as Withernsea High School’s dance community staged ‘The Greatest Showcase’ - a unique tribute to pop icons past and present.

Tapping in to over seven decades of musical influences, over 100 students from across all years of the school expertly danced their way through a diverse soundtrack which took the audience on a journey from 50s Rock and Roll through to present day R&B.

Beyond the music and choreography, inspiration was also drawn from the qualities that define the personalities of pop icons. From strength and individuality through to confidence and expression, the characteristics that constitute such performers are also prevalent throughout the teaching of dance - the impact of which was clear to see during Friday night’s show.

Teacher of Dance Mrs Jamie Hughes commented: ‘I am extremely proud of the confidence and commitment displayed by the performers, both in the run up to the showcase and during the performance itself.

Taking inspiration from their icons, they showed great strength and expression on stage – delivering a slick and professional performance which they should be justly proud of.

While there are many people to thank for the success of the showcase, a special mention must go to Year 11 Dance who organised the performance as part of their BTEC studies. Well done to them and to all involved in making the showcase a great success.’
The performance was punctuated by inspirational quotes projected on to the back wall of the stage, with key words forming the backdrop to several performances to reinforce the characteristics being celebrated by the dancers. 

Choreography was led by Mrs Hughes, with help from a combination of past and present dance students, plus input from David Danville of Hull’s Skyline Studios.

Following four successful years at Bridlington Spa Theatre, this year the show moved to Middleton Hall – a state-of-the-art concert venue located on the University of Hull’s Cottingham Road campus.

The move aimed to help broaden students’ horizons by giving them an opportunity to shine on the stage of a new venue. It was a move that proved to be popular with students and audience members alike, with just under 400 friends, family and staff in attendance to support the performance.  

Among them was Headteacher Mark Crofts who commented: 'Every student who performed in Friday night’s showcase was a part of something ambitious, professional and, importantly, entertaining. I hope the elation of the evening turns into a sense of pride and satisfaction in their accomplishments.

My thanks go to Mrs Hughes and all the production team for their hard work in bringing the show to Middleton Hall. I would also like to thank the parents/carers, families and friends who packed the auditorium for their ongoing support of our young people.’

The show was professionally filmed and DVDs, priced at £2.00 each, will be available to purchase from the school in the near future. Further details will be released in due course. Copies can be pre-ordered via Mrs Hughes in person or via email at hughesj@wscampus.net 

Copies of the official event programme, priced at £1.00 each, are also available to purchase from Mrs Hughes.