YOUNG dancers from the Woking area are to perform alongside talented dance troupes from across the globe during a night of celebration at The Royal Albert Hall.
With their dance school, Summerscales Performing Arts, they were selected to take part in Dance Proms 2016 on Sunday 30 October. Twenty one members of the school, aged 12 to 21, will be at the event, which is the biggest national youth dance celebration in the UK.
Dancers from around the world and the UK submitted a video of an original dance for the chance to secure a place in the proms’ running order of just 22 dances.
Also taking to the stage will be youngsters from as far as Vietnam and Italy, performing in a range of other genres such as Latin American, Hip Hop and Lyrical Dance. Summerscales principal Gemma Summerscales-Heard said: “We are honoured to be part of the Dance Proms 2016 alongside so much talent, celebrating dance in a truly magical venue. “It is a wonderful opportunity for young dancers to come together as one and celebrate dance.”
The Summerscales students, who are based in Horsell Village Hall, will perform an original choreographed contemporary dance called Shell Shocked.
“We will be performing a short excerpt from one of our contemporary pieces,” added Ms Summerscales-Heard. “The work of choreographer Akram Khan, creator of English National Ballet’s ‘Dust’, part of the triple bill about World War One, has been a key inspiration for this dance.
“We, however, focused just on the women in the Great War. While creating the piece we incorporated some of Khan’s style and trademarks to educate our students and give further exposure to choreographers of our time.”
The show will be watched by an audience of dance lovers, talent spotters and celebrity patrons including Darcey Bussell, Matt Flint and Arlene Phillips.
Darcey Bussell said: “I attend the Dance Proms every year, and the sheer scale and spectacle of the event never fails to impress me. The young dancing talent on display is of such high standard and Summerscales Performing Arts will make a great addition to the line-up this year.”
Dance Proms is an annual event founded and managed by three of the UK’s leading dance organisations: the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
The show is a platform each year for more than 500 aspiring young dancers to perform on an international level at the Royal Albert Hall, along with star guest performers.
To qualify, dance teachers submitted videos of a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre and performed as a solo, couple, trio or group.