Gold stars as dancers take a trip to Games

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.
Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

It must have been a tricky task to transform Olympic sports into dance, but talented youngsters managed to make the leap at Alnwick Playhouse.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Alnwick Academy of Dancing arranged a special performance over three days last week, featuring students from its Alnwick, Amble and Rothbury classes.

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

And an athletic mix of ballet, tap, modern and jazz was put on in front of a packed house, with each set capturing a different Olympic discipline to some show-stopping tunes.

Beginning with a colourful Opening Ceremony performed by the Academy’s youngest pupils from kinder, pre-primary and primary ballet and modern, the Torch then arrived on stage by primary and grade one tap students. They were followed by the marathon, performed by the senior modern classes, before a game of beach volleyball by grades one and two ballet.

Ribbons and hoops were next in line, as grades three and four ballet launched into rhythmic gymnastics with plenty of cartwheels, handstands and splits thrown in for good measure. It was then on to the triathlon, performed by Lily Horgan, Emily Brunton and Livy Belk.

Grades one and two modern raced into the sprint and hurdles, followed by synchronised swimming, which showed the grace of movement, pattern and form by the senior ballet classes.

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

Even boxing and martial arts were covered, with the boys’ dance group taking part in an energetic routine.

After a brief interval, it was straight into the relay, recreated in dance by senior ballet duets.

Grade five ballet brought the swimming events to life, with a graceful interpretation of front-crawl, backstroke and butterfly.

Dressed in bright tutus, Alnwick’s senior girls’ ballet demonstrated hockey in a very different and quirky style, followed by a very clever use of oars by grades two and three tap for the rowing.

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

Alnwick Academy of Dancing's 25th anniversary show.

Grades five and six modern brought the pole vault to life, while grades three and four modern gave a hop, skip and a jump, both long and high.

A striking cacophony of sound marked the walking, performed by the senior tap class, before the Alnwick jazz classes rounded off the show with a glittering closing ceremony.

A great show and worthy of such an auspicious occasion.