Calderdale College’s totally professional and beautifully lit show of dance impressed the audience not only with the energy and commitment displayed by the students but also the quality of their movement, their musicality, artistry, attention to detail and sense of style.
Choreographically the show demanded a great deal of these first and second year students and they did it full justice, inspired for several numbers to both choreograph and dance to music that had particularly appeal to them.
The ensemble items showcased their solid technique and their discipline: tight, focused, on point, with no untidiness or sloppy execution marring the effect. Vogue was stylish, full of attitude, Communications suitably robotic, Hybrid quite animalistic and primeval to some very atmospheric music, Inside Out sweet and lyrical, Run the World urban and edgy. Witty numbers like Flashdance, the Whitney Houston numbers and Yee-Hah contrasted with some very expressive solos and pas de deux.
Of the solos, We Are Who We Are, Consumed, and Insecure were thoughtfully conceived and particularly expressive with Gemma Greenberry, Gabrielle Cooke and Jordan Wildman respectively choreographing and interpreting the songs perfectly.
Of the pas de deux, Latino, passionate and sexy, Gone Too Long and especially Domestic, a real stand-out, particularly impressed.
Charismatic Jonathan Grundy truly deserved his prize for outstanding performer. A very promising choreographer as well, his will definitely be a name to watch.