What an incredible journey we have had this year at Danscentre. We've had so many exciting events and achievements including shows, exams, student success' and more! Check out some of our many highlights from the last 12 months and reflect on the wonderful experiences enjoyed by our students, families and staff.
iDance Senior and Junior Shows 2022
Our return to the theatre this year was truly magical for everyone after such a long time starved of the chance to perform. March saw our dancers from Primary 5 upward take part in iDance at HMT after a 2 year postponement. It was an emotional moment stepping out on the HMT stage again and all involved had a memorable week filled with experiences that will last a lifetime. In June it was the turn of our younger students who charmed audiences at Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom in iDance Junior. Pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 4 were joined by some seniors to tread the boards in this beautiful venue. Both shows were a huge success and pupils came away dreaming of their next chance to dance on stage! Through various events across both shows over £12,000 was raised for our chosen charities. Congratulations to everyone involved
Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker
Back in January, 16 of our DC pupils were successfully selected to perform in Scottish Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. The children took part in an intense rehearsal process and despite the disappointment of the Aberdeen shows being cancelled due to Covid restrictions, they had the chance to shine at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. The experience of preforming in this prestigious production with the national ballet company is something that will stay with them forever.
Exams: Ballet and Modern
A large number of our students from P2-S6 took part in dance exams over the past year in both RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern. With sessions in December, March and June students have worked on technique, artistry and completed many hours of extra practise in order to meet exam criteria. For some this was their first exam experience while for others it was the culmination of many years of training. The confidence and skills gained in the process are invaluable to children as they progress and develop and much of what they learn will benefit them in all areas of their education. Big congratulations to all of the students involved!
See the video below to enjoy our senior students in their Westside Story piece from iDance at HMT who recently sat their Advanced 1 ISTD exam this June. This qualification is a huge test of physical mental and emotional stamina and these young people have developed as dancers and artists in the process!
Preschool Demonstration Day
85 of our youngest dancers performed a selection of exercises they have been working on in their class to show parents and friends at Culter Village Hall. It was a truly memorable day for all involved as it represented the first of many performances on their journey with Danscentre. The children were delighted to perform for an audience of family members and were also treated to some performances by a small selection of our older dancers - inspiring the next generation! There were lots of smiles as they went home with their very own certificate and medal to keep as a memory of this very special day. Huge well done!