danSingers enjoy putting their performance skills into practice. Local festivals and national competitions provide excellent opportunities to showcase integrated musical theatre disciplines and combined creative flow. danSing has consistently won trophies at the Harrogate and Wharfedale festivals and danSing seniors were finalists in the prestigious Music a For Youth National Festival and at Festival 4 Stars. danSing’s performance group achieved international success in 2016 winning the American Musical Theatre Academy Musical Theatre Ensemble Prize.
Harrogate Festival – July 2017
danSing performers entered solo and duet classes at the 2017 Harrogate Competitive Festival. Blossom Sabel won the Solo from a Show, Film or Musical Class for Year 7 performing “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia. She was presented with the Edward and Jane Long Cup by the adjudicator, Suzanne Higgins. Megan Mead was 2nd in the highly competitive Solo from a Show Class for Year 10 performing the emotive ballad, “Children of the Wind” from Rags. She was also 2nd in the Unaccompanied Folk Song Class for Year 10 and over. Blossom and Megan performed with great character in the entertaining Old Tyme Music Hall, taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively. danSing senior, Esme Banerjee, won the Musical Theatre Duet Class for Year 10 & Under and was awarded the Dales Shield. danSing Intermediate, Sophia Crooks sang beautifully to win the Coverdale Gold Medal for 1st place in the Solo Singing Class for Boys & Girls Year 4.
Music For Youth, Nationals – July 2016
Following a terrific performance at the Regional Festival, danSing seniors were chosen to take part in the National Finals at Birmingham Town Hall on July 5th 2016. The group performed arrangements of “Fix You” and “See me, Feel Me/Pinball Wizard” with vocal harmonies arranged by musical director, Helen Leaf who played piano accompaniment. Featuring cellist, Anna Staveley and musical staging by Jane Waring and De-Napoli Clarke, danSing’s performance was described by Music For Youth Mentors as polished and effective. In support of The Diana Award’s Anti Bullying Campiagn which was launched on the same day, danSing seniors wore StandUpToBullying wristbands and dedicated their performance to this worthy cause. danSing seniors were commended for their innovation and nominated for a Partnership Award which is to be announced in the Autumn.
“This was a really original, and also thought-provoking show”
“A great success in terms both of moving dance-theatre and harmony singing”
“You took to a strange stage and managed props, instrumental balance and movement around each other with great assurance”
Harrogate Festival – March 2016
danSing intermediates and juniors entered the Musical Theatre ensemble classes at this year’s Harrogate Festival. Defending their win last year, the young junior team performed “Little Monsters”, a devised piece of musical theatre based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc., and gained a second place with distinction.
In the Musical Theatre Age 10 & under class, the intermediates were also awarded second place with distinction. The group gave an energetic performance of “Spy Kids the Musical” which was inspired by the Hollywood Spy Kids movies and incorporated songs and music from a variety of sources.
danSing seniors, Alice Wright and Sally Hall teamed up with former danSinger, Kitty Watson and gave a fabulous performance of “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” in the Musical Theatre Vocal duet/Trio Class to win with honours. The trio were invited to perform at the final concert on 13th March.
Musical Theatre Age 8 & under – danSing juniors – 2nd (distinction)
Musical Theatre Age 10 & under – danSing inters – 2nd (distinction)
Solo Singing Year 8 & 9 – Megan Mead – winner
Solo Singing Year 3 & under – Beatrice Haddow – winner, Annabelle Carter – 3rd place
Vocal Duet/Trio Year 11 & over – Sally Hall, Alice Wright, Kitty Watson – winners (honours)
Old Tyme Music Hall – Kitty Watson – winner (honours), Tilly Ducker – 2nd place, Emily Alderson – 3rd place
Musical Theatre Year 7 – Tilly Ducker – winner
Musical Theatre Year 12 & over – Alice Wright – winner, Emily Alderson – 2nd place
Spy Kidz the Musical – “A dramatic musical entry. You were all fully involved and singing was tuneful and well projected. Controlled pace and pauses, good body language and choreography – well done!”
Little Monsters – “You captured the mood in your opening entrance that helped to set the scene. Every voice is loud and clear in spoken and sung text. Lovely ideas in terms of character.”
Music For Youth, Regionals – March 2016
danSing seniors entered the Music For Youth Regional Festival in March 2016. This is the largest youth music festival in the world with 40,000 young musicians taking part in the regionals at 50 locations nationwide. danSing’s compelling performance of songs especially arranged by musical director, Helen Leaf, saw the group through to the National Finals to be held at Birmingham Town Hall on July 5th 2016. Featuring gifted young cellist, Anna Staveley, and musical staging by director, Jane Waring, and dance artist, De-Napoli Clarke, the programme was praised by Music For Youth mentors for first rate communication, drama, balance, control and rich harmonies.
“Drama! Intrigue! Beautiful opening lines from the soloists!”
“The harmony is so rich and there is super balance and blend”
“Great stage movement and you use the stage so well”
“Terrific focus from every performer”
American Musical Theatre Academy Ensemble Competition – Jan 2016
It was an amazing start to 2016 for danSing. Back in September 2015, the American Musical Theatre Academy, based in New York and London, launched a worldwide competition for ensemble and solo musical theatre performers. danSing performed “Medley from American Idiot” arranged by musical director, Helen Leaf with musical theatre staging by co-director, Jane Waring. At the start of 2016, it was announced that danSing had won the ensemble prize which was a workshop with AMTA principal, Kenneth Avery-Clark and AMTA vice-principal Mark Goldthorp.
Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley – May 2015
Individual performers successfully represented danSing in this year’s Music Hall Class at the Wharfedale Festival. Kelly Stocker won the class with a splendid performance of the Marie Lloyd favourite, “Oh! Mr Porter” and danSing’s Tilly Ducker took second place alongside Talia Monnickendam. Kelly was awarded the Yorkshire Television Premier Award for Music and was invited to reprise her performance at the Celebration Concert.
Music For Youth, Regionals – March 2015
For the first time, danSing seniors entered Music For Youth, the world’s largest youth music festival. Featuring high energy choreography by De-Napoli Clarke, danSing performed a clever medley combining songs from the pop infused score to the musical “Bring It On” with Michael Jackson’s 1991 single, “Jam”, (the video of which features NBA legend, Michael Jordan) and “Brand New You” from Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13. The group received tremendous applause and excellent feedback from the Music for Youth Mentors.
“Very strong and compelling opening”
“Great change of pace with good ensemble and confident part singing”
“This was an excellent performance which was full of character”
Harrogate Festival – March 2015
danSing had a busy but very successful Harrogate Festival in 2015. The juniors won their group class with honours performing “When I Grow Up”, a devised piece of musical theatre for young children based on Roald Dahl’s novel “Matilda” using music and poetry from a variety of sources.
The intermediates gave an accomplished performance of “You’re An Addams”, inspired by cartoonist Charles Addams’ fictional family, to gain second place with distinction.
danSing seniors combined super harmonies, strong solos and dynamic choreography incorporating cheerleading and basketball moves, in their performance of a medley from “Bring It On”. The group gained second place with honours in the highly competitive Show Choir class.
Musical Theatre Age 8 & under – danSing juniors – winners (honours)
Musical Theatre Age 10 & under – danSing inters – 2nd (distinction)
Show Choir, open – danSing seniors – (2nd honours)
Fanily Class – Mead Family Singers – winners
Operatic Aria – Elle Kay-Coles – winner, Alice Wright 2nd place
British Composer Class – Alice Wright – 2nd place
Vocal Duet/Trio – Tilly Ducker, Lucy Sherman, Talia Monnickendam – winners (honours), Sally Hall & Alice Wright – 2nd (distinction)
Verse Speaking Age 10 – Isabelle Murtagh – 3rd place
Solo from a Musical Year 8 – Megan Mead – 3rd place
Old Tyme Music Hall – Tilly Ducker 2nd place (honours)
Folk Song Year 8 & 9 – Megan Mead – 2nd place
When I Grow Up – “This was a disciplined company of players who were sensitive to each other’s needs. Grouping was effected with creativity. What a lovely final number with a brilliant last pose! Well done! Congratulations!”
You’re An Addams – “A strong opening – good facial play. The role of Wednesday was played with great conviction. Final number was full of sparkle and enthusiasm – well done!”
Bring It On – “This had soul – it had passion from beginning to end. Facial play was always in evidence as was your commitment to working as a team. This was varied, vibrant and filled with vitality. The synchronised gestures were so slick and in keeping with this modern theme. A pleasure to watch – such memorable choral work.”
Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley – May 2014
This year’s festival culminated in a Celebration Concert at Christchurch, Ilkley, and once again danSing was invited to showcase winning performances. Dressed in full army uniform, Sally Hall paid tribute to the centenary of The Great War with a rousing performance of “Oh, It’s A Lovely war” and Alice Wright sang the heart-felt ballad, “Papa, can You hear Me?” from the movie musical Yentl.
danSing seniors were delighted to win the Denis Sharp Memorial Trophy with a powerful abridged version of Spring Awakening, and soloists Sally Hall, Alice Wright and Jenny Martin were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Cabaret Solo class. At the same evening session, danSingers Sally Hall (1st), and Alice Wright (3rd) showed their versatility with impressive performances in the Musical Hall class. Alice had further successes in Songs from The Shows 15 years and under and in classical singing classes winning the Vocal Solo Recital and European Art Song. This year danSing intermediates and juniors were placed in the difficult position of having to compete against each other in the group Musical Theatre 13 years and under class. The intermediate “Love Cats” performance was awarded second place and the juniors performed confidently, considering their young age, in a highly competitive class and gained valuable experience.
Another super festival for danSing!
Cabaret Group – danSing seniors – winners (distinction)
Music Theatre Year 13 & Under – danSing intermediates – 2nd (commended), danSing juniors (merit)
Songs from the Shows 15 years & under – Alice Wright – winner
Vocal Solo Recital – Alice Wright – winner
Songs from the Shows 18 years & under – Alice Wright – 2nd
Cabaret Solo – Sally Hall – winner, Alice Wright – 2nd, Jenny Martin – 3rd
Old Tyme Music Hall – Sally Hall – winner, Tilly Ducker – 2nd, Alice Wright 3rd
Love Cats – “A characterful opening section. Well sung. There is a clear, easy sound which is well matched by movement. Well done”
Spring Awakening – “You perform with focus and energy. Your singing is well-blended and chords are well-tuned. Your sound fills the space and there is drive and energy. This is a polished performance to the very end. Well done.”
Candyland – “You sing with conviction and are well together. Your words are clear and you speak with control at a good pace. You move well from one scene to another smoothly and confidently. A good dance to finish. Well done.”
Harrogate Festival – March 2014
danSing’s recently formed infant musical theatre group entered the Harrogate Festival for the first time this year. The young cast of children aged 4 – 7 performed “Candyland”, a piece especially devised for the group based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. With striking lollipops and candy sticks, the young danSingers’ confident performance earned them second place. A super result for their debut appearance! danSing intemediates donned whiskers, legwarmers and tails to perform “Love Cats”. The group was commended for its performance of a challenging, through-composed piece in which songs, poetry and musical extracts from a variety of sources were wedded together to celebrate all things feline!
danSing seniors demonstrated sheer professionalism as they performed their newly arranged medley from the Tony award-winning musical “Spring Awakening”. Unfortunately the group’s lead soloist was suffering with a throat infection but the show “went on” and, though narrowly beaten into second place, a compelling performance ensured distinction once more.
Show Choir, open – danSing seniors – 2nd (distinction)
Musical Theatre age 14 & under – danSing inters – (commendation)
Musical Theatre age 8 & under – danSing juniors – 2nd place (commendation)
Opera open class – Alice Wright – distinction
Folk Song Year 5 & under – Isabella Frank – winner
Old Tyme Music Hall – Tilly Ducker – 2nd place (honours)
Solo from a Musical Year 12 & over – Faye Weerasinghe – winner (honours)
Solo Singing Year 5 & 6 – Isabelle Murtagh – winner
Solo from a Musical Year 11 – Sally Hall – 2nd place (distinction)
Spring Awakening – “There was a most effective opening moment with disciplined positioning and physicality assumed. Facial expressiveness from the performers was particularly communicative – very clear vocal tones fin the singing – a compelling programme with some lovely, thought provoking content.”
Love Cats – “The group moved smoothly from one musical number to the next and the movement was appropriate. The singing was tuneful and well prepared. An imaginative introduction and built to a firm climax using suitable visual pictures.”
Candyland – “There was a very lively sense of group participation in this presentation. Individual voices were strong and singing was lively and clear. There was a good rhythmic lollipop dance with colourful movements. There was a colourful ending to an enjoyable performance.”
Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley – May 2013
This year’s Festival Celebration Concert at Christchurch, Ilkley, featured danSing seniors and solos from danSingers, Alice Wright and William Leaf Puvanesan, following outstanding performances at the Wharfedale Festival. danSing seniors won the Cabaret Group class and the Co-operative Trophy for the most outstanding collaborative effort, with an abridged performance of American Idiot.
William Leaf Puvanesan impressed eminent adjudicator, Stephen Roberts, in the highly competitive Songs from the Shows open class and was awarded the prestigious Ilkley Parish Council Cup. Alice Wright won the Songs from the Shows 15 years & under performing “I Have Confidence” and Faye Weerasinghe won the Cabaret Solo class with a spirited performance of “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” It was a marvellous festival for danSing seniors!
Cabaret Group – danSing seniors – winners (distinction)
Songs from the Shows 15 years & under – Alice Wright – winner
Songs from the Shows, open class – William Leaf Puvanesan – winner, Faye Weerasinghe – 2nd
Cabaret Solo – Faye Weerasinghe – winner, Alice Wright – 3rd
Old Tyme Music Hall – Alice Wright – winner, William Leaf Puvanesan – 2nd
American Idiot – “Nice starting position – terrific harmonies. Good staging and effective spacing – there is a real intensity in your performance and you capture the “rage” of the subject matter. Really strong performance, excellent presentation and performance from each individual and from the group. Well done.”
Harrogate Festival – March 2013
danSing seniors successful defended the Show Choir again class this year and lifted the Madrigal Trophy once more. The group performed a dramatic arrangements of songs from the rock musical American Idiot and were invited to perform the piece at the final concert. The junior group were awarded a distinction and 3rd place in the Musical Theatre age 11 years and under category which was a very competitive class. Jane devised a piece, entitled Finding Wonderland, especially for the young group and Helen arranged songs and music to suit the Alice in Wonderland theme. There were marvellous results in solo and duo classes for danSing students with Faye, Will, Elin and Alice all winning trophies.
Show Choir, open – danSing seniors – winners (honours)
Musical Theatre age 11 & under – danSing juniors – 3rd (distinction)
Opera open class – Alice Wright distinction
Musical Theatre Year 9 – Alice Wright – winner (honours), Elin Gilbert – 2nd (distinction)
Music Hall, open – Elin Gilbert – winner (distinction), William Leaf Puvanesan – 2nd (distinction), Faye Weerasinghe – 3rd (distinction)
Musical Theatre Year 10 – William Leaf Puvanesan – 2nd (honours)
Musical Theatre Year 11 – Faye Weerasinghe – winner (honours)
Vocal duet or trio from a show, musical, open – Alice Wright and William Leaf Puvanesan – winners (honours)
American Idiot – “A disciplined assembly- an emotive opening number, strong vocals from the entire group. Movement was well developed, gesture well synchronised. The “newspaper” props made a string visual statement. Harmonies and cross rhythms very well achieved.”
Finding Wonderland – “A vivid and magical opening – the entrance of the White Rabbit established the mood. Diction very secure- “Wonderland” was sung sweetly and tunefully with a lovely solo by Alice. The final boogie well executed!”
Harrogate Festival – March 2012
It was all change for danSing this year with intermediates moving up into the senior group, and a number of new members in both the senior and junior groups. A younger danSing junior team entered the group Musical Theatre Year 7 and under class and were second place (distinction) performing Celebrating Seuss a devised piece of musical theatre using the stories of Dr. Seuss and a variety of songs and music. A new senior group successfully defended the Show Choir competition, winning the Madrigal Trophy with a stylish medley from the musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown.
Show Choir open – danSing seniors – winners (distinction)
Musical Theatre Yr & and under – danSing juniors – 2nd (distinction)
Old Tyme Music Hall – Faye Weerasinghe – 2nd
Solo Singing Years 8 & 9 – Alice Wright – winner
Vocal Duet or Trio from a Show, Musical – Leah and Faye Weerasinghe – winners, Megan & Elin Gilbert – 2nd, Alice Wright and Olivia Jackson – 3rd
Solo from a Musical Year 10 – Faye Weerasinghe – 2nd
Celebrating Seuss – “Lovely appreciation of the style – you work well together. So effective, a splendid effort, well done!”
Medley from 13 – “This was really entertaining. The singing was vibrant, both solos and chorus. Imaginative choreography and tight ensemble and movement. Great energy and enthusiasm, very enjoyable.”
Wharfedale Festival – May 2012
Individual performers represented danSing in style at this year’s Wharfedale Festival. In this special Jubilee and Olympic year, there was a special class called “Sixty Glorious Years” in which selected entrants were required to perform a song from a chosen decade of the Queen’s reign. Former danSinger, Megan Gilbert won this class with a feisty performance of “Rehab”, paying tribute to the late Amy Whinehouse. Megan teamed up with her sister, danSing senior Elin Gilbert, to win the Cabaret Duet with the stylish patter song, “Money, Money” from Cabaret. Elin also took third place in the Music Hall open age class, delighting the audience with “A Little Too Young To Know”.
Wharfedale Festival – May 2011
The seniors repeated their success at the Harrogate Festival by winning the open Musical Theatre class and the Co-operative trophy for most collaborative effort throughout the festival.
The intermediates gained second place in the Musical Theatre group class for 15 years and under – a wonderful achievement for a group so young. danSing’s Hollie-Ann Lowe was awarded the Yorkshire Television Premier Award for most outstanding solo performance in the music section.
Musical Theatre open class – danSing seniors – winners
Musical Theatre 15 years and under – danSing intermediates – 2nd
Pop Star Solo key stage 3 – Hollie-Ann Lowe – winner
Songs from the Shows open – Hollie-Ann Lowe – winner
Cabaret Solo open class – Kayleigh Newsome – winner
Old Time Music Hall open class – Hollie-Ann Lowe – winner
Diva Believers – “Great costumes, super characters, lovely concentration and focus. Terrific harmonies, really well done with this aspect. You really engage with your audience and all your vocals are simply amazing – individually and combined. Excellent! Very clever dialogue – terrific dancing – really co-ordinated and energetic. Fun, fun, fun! Excellent!”
Beauty and the Feet – “A lovely devised piece – clear words and characters, terrific harmonies. Strong vocals – super close. Well done.”
Harrogate Festival – March 2011
danSing seniors were triumphant at the 75th Anniversary of the Harrogate Festival winning the Halls Shield in the Musical Theatre Year 11 and over class (honours) with Diva Believers, a devised piece based on the film and stage versions of Sister Act, using songs and music from a variety of sources. danSing summer school performers were reunited to perform St. Trinians in the same class and they were awarded third place with distinction.
The intermediates won the Musical Theatre Year 10 and under class with an original piece of music drama entitled Beauty and the Feet, which explores the rivalry between sport and dance at a fictitious school.
For the first time, danSing entered two choir competitions. danSing voices were 2nd in the highly competitive Choir Year 13 and under class. danSing seniors were the first ever winners of the new Show Choir class and were awarded the Madrigal Trophy.
Show Choir open – danSing seniors – winners (honours)
Choir Year 13 and under – danSing voices – 3rd
Musical Theatre Year 11 and over – danSing seniors – winners (honours), danSing Summer School – 3rd (distinction)
Musical Theatre Year 10 and under – danSing intermediates (distinction)
Solo Singing Year 7 – Alice Wright – 2nd
Solo from a Musical Year 9 – Faye Weerasinghe – winner, Megan Gilbert – 2nd
Solo from a Musical Year 10 – Hollie-Ann Lowe – 2nd
Solo from a Musical Year 11 – Olivia Jackson – winner, Leah Weerasinghe – 2nd
Edwardian Ballad open class – Alice Wright – winner
Spiritual open class – Cecelia Morgan – 2nd
Solo from a Musical – Year 12 and over – Cecelia Morgan – 2nd
Duet or Trio from a Musical – Megan and Elin Gilbert – 2nd, Alice Wright and Zara Blackburn – 3rd, Leah and Faye Weerasinghe – 3rd
Old Tyme Music Hall – Megan Gilbert – winner, Faye Weerasinghe – 3rd
(Faye was chosen to perform her music hall solo at the 75th Anniversary Festival Concert)
Diva Believers – “ . . . . . . most professional, splendid involvement and a great sense of fun. A very entertaining performance.”
St. Trinians – ““A well-prepared and rehearsed performance that was exciting to watch”
danSing seniors show choir – “Solos were fine with excellent group harmony contribution. This is a fine Show Choir presentation. Thank you all indeed.”
Festival4Stars North of England Champions – 2010
For the first time, danSing seniors entered a national performing arts competition and had a very successful journey through to the National Finals. The group won the Musical Group class, York heat which was held at the Royal York Hotel on Sunday 20th June 2010. This took them through to the North of England Regional Finals which they again won in style. danSing seniors represented the North of England in the National finals which was held in Scarborough on 26th September 2010. Judges for the event included Neil Griffiths the coach for Spellbound, winners of Britain’s Got Talent and Stephanie Pope, Principal of Urdang Academy in London.
“Clever piece, well arranged and sung”
“Strong vocals with good harmonies”
“Stunning – captured me from the beginning, harmonies clean and clear, great tone, loved the expression, well-delivered”
Wharfedale Festival – May 2010
The intermediates gave an accomplished performance in the Show Time class and were runner’s up with distinction. The group performed an abridged version of Young American Miss. danSing also entered solo performances at the festival with a great deal of success.
Showtime open class – danSing intermediates – 2nd (distinction)
Songs from the Shows 15 years and under – Alice Wright – winner, Hollie-Ann Lowe – 2nd
Folk Song 15 years and under – Alice Wright – winner
Pop Star Solo Key Stage 3 – Hollie-Ann Lowe – winner
The Entertainer open class – Megan Gilbert – winner
Songs from the Shows open class – Harriet Crowder – 3rd
Cabaret Solo open class – Kayleigh Newsome – winner, Harriet Crowder – 2nd
Cabaret Solo 15 years and under – Holie-Ann Lowe – winner, Megan Gilbert – 2nd, Leah Weerasinghe – 3rd
Old Time Music Hall open class – Hollie-Ann Lowe – winner
Young American Miss – “Well done for setting a high standard of performance from the opening song in which both the singing and the movement were well considered and presented with panache. . . . a most impressive performance from a relatively young group.”
Harrogate Competitive Festival – March 2010
danSing had a fabulous and busy time at the 2010 Harrogate Festival. The intermediates won their musical theatre class with honours performing Young American Miss, a devised piece of musical theatre based on the documentary “Baby Beauty Queens” using songs and music from a variety of sources.
The seniors were second with honours in a hugely competitive class. The group gave an excellent performance of a devised piece, Tommy Walker, based on the musical “Tommy” and incorporating diverse musical genres and theatrical techniques including mime and mirror imaging.
As danSing voices the seniors and intermediates combined to gain second place with distinction in the open choir class singing special arrangements of Viva La Vida and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Group Musical Theatre Year 10 and under – danSing inters – winners (honours)
Group Musical Theatre aged 11 and over – danSing seniors – 2nd (honours)
Choir open – danSing voices – 2nd (distinction)
Solo singing Year 9 – Rebecca Ferrin – winner
Solo singing Year 6 – Alice Wright – winner
Folk Song – Year 7 – Alice Wright – 2nd
Solo from a Musical year 10 – Leah Weerasinghe – winner
Solo from a Musical Year 8 – Faye Weerasinghe – winner, Megan Gilbert – 3rd
Duet/Trio from a Musical open – Megan & Elin Gilbert – 2nd
Young American Miss – “From the opening song you engaged with your theme. . . focused throughout this imaginative performance. . . the staging was excellent with dancing entertainingly choreographed. A terrific piece of musical theatre.”
Tommy Walker – “Your voices harmonised very musically and powerfully . . . most effective mirror mime with choral speech . . the breaking of the mirror certainly had dramatic impact. An excellent piece of musical theatre. Congratulations.”
danSing voices – “Assured choral singing with excellent chording and balance – a really convincing performance of challenging arrangements – well done”
Harrogate Theatre Junior Drama Festival – June 2009
danSing entertained audiences at Harrogate’s annual non-competitive youth festival which gives theatre groups and schools from the North Yorkshire area the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional theatre.
DanSing’s devised pieces, No Money In The Bank and Green Eggs and Him, were adapted and staged with lights and costumes. Although the festival is non-competitive, both senior and junior groups were presented with certificates in recognition of their hard work, creativity and enthusiasm.
Wharfedale Festival – May 2009
Victory for danSing juniors again in the Musical Theatre Class with “Green Eggs and Him”. Not only was the group awarded the Marlene Peters Trophy with distinction but the performance was recommended for entry into the Barnado’s Believe Festival.
“All faces are alive and you perform throughout. Strong individual voices produce a strong overall sound. You have a strong and rich, warm sound . . . all performers give lots of energy and engage fully in telling the story . . . An excellent performance showing skills in all three disciplines.”
Harrogate Competitive Festival – March 2009
danSing returned to the Harrogate Festival in 2009 and the juniors were victorious again gaining honours in their class with Green Eggs and Him based on the Dr. Seuss books and devised for the group by Jane and Helen. The seniors were placed second with distinction in a very competitive class. They performed No Money In The Bank a devised piece inspired by Jonathan Larsson’s rock musical Rent using a variety of contemporary musical theatre songs, hip-hop dance and thought-provoking dialogue. For the first time, seniors and juniors combined to form danSing voices, impressing the adjudicator in the Open Choir Class with O Happy Day and Hallelujah from the gospel Messiah. danSing voices took third place with distinction.
Group Musical Theatre aged 12 and under – danSing juniors – winners (honours)
Group Musical Theatre aged 12 and over – danSing seniors – 2nd (distinction)
Choir open – danSing voices – 3rd (distinction)
Solo from a Musical Year 8 – Rebecca Ferrin – winner
Solo from a Musical Year 8 – Hollie-Ann Lowe – 2nd
Solo from a Musical year 9 – Leah Weerasinghe – winner
Solo from a Musical year 10 – Sarah Day – 2nd
Spiritual open – Laura Bradd – 2nd
Duet/Trio from a Musical open – Megan & Elin Gilbert, Lydia Bradd – winners
Hollie-Ann Lowe and Rebecca Ferrin – 2nd
Classical Singing Year 8 – Hollie-Ann Lowe – 2nd
Green Eggs and Him – “a very unusual take on the theme from a collection of strong performers. Choreography was always imaginative – words and music were integrated so well . . . . most entertaining”.
No Money in the Bank – “excellent use of harmony to produce emotional power and changes of mood. All faces were fully focused and engaged the audience. This was a very interesting programme and performed with great confidence and skill”.
danSing voices – “extremely exciting. A most entertaining and enjoyable performance. Well done, all of you”.
Harrogate Theatre Junior Drama Festival – June 2008
danSing made an impressive first appearance at this non-competitive youth festival which featured theatre groups and schools from in and around the North Yorkshire area. Extended versions of Practically Perfect and Born Wicked were adapted for the larger stage and both performances were received with enthusiasm and admiration. danSing seniors and juniors alike enjoyed being able to “tread the boards” and take the spotlight at the renowned Harrogate Theatre.
Wharfedale Competitive Festival – May 2008
danSing juniors were victors again with Practically Perfect in the Theatre Time Class for 13 years and under. The group were invited to take part in the Final Concert on 25th May 2008 at which they were also awarded the Sylvia Greenwood Memorial Trophy.
There was “lovely energy and enjoyment in your entertaining performance – it was annoying to have to write as I wanted to watch you!”
Harrogate Competitive Festival – March 2008
danSing marked its first anniversary with success in its debut appearance at a competitive arts festival. danSing seniors attained honours with Born Wicked in which Eastwick and the Emerald City meet for a potted version of “wicked” musicals. The junior group was the outright class winner with Practically Perfect, a devised piece loosely based on a well-known nanny! danSing juniors were invited to perform at the Prize Winner’s Concert on 9th March 2008.
Group Musical Theatre aged 11 and under – danSing juniors – winners
Group Musical Theatre aged 12 and over – danSing seniors – 2nd (Honours)
Solo from a Musical aged 8 – Leah Weerasinghe – 3rd
Solo from a Musical aged 9 – Sarah Day – winner
Solo from a Musical aged 18 + – Laura Bradd – winner
Duet or Trio from a Musical open – Jonathan Bradd and Rachel Wilkinson – 2nd
Hollie-Ann Lowe and Rebecca Ferrin – 3rd
Practically Perfect – “a most entertaining presentation both vocally and visually . . . . . played with energy and vitality”.
Born Wicked – “superbly presented with imagination, feeling and strength”