Abigail Warburton Stage School
The Abigail Warburton Stage School recognises that teaching the exacting classical techniques essential to the successful execution of all styles of dance is actually key to dance being a way to Express Yourself.
The totally professional performing standards of the school’s choreographers and senior dancers set the younger students an excellent example of what is required to be a convincing dancer: strong technique harnessed to an unselfconscious, focused stage presence, beautifully stretched feet (which every student should emulate), musicality, finish and sense of style. The well-chosen music and the original, interesting choreography (by Laura Warburton and Andrew Milthorpe) were both inspiring and motivating.
In 33 items they display impressive versatility in a range of styles that included tap, contemporary and cheerleading.
Act 1 showcased modern and sreet styles. Act 2, which included some drama, was dedicated to ballet and those all-important basics providing the techniques necessary for the skillful and exciting acrobatic pyrotechnics of Act 3 that have become such a feature of AWSS shows.
The concluding Madonna medley saw grace, strength and agility, artistically combined with ribbons and hoops to bring the show to a spectacular conclusion.