Olympics the theme for 25th anniversary

Members of the Alnwick Academy of Dancing.
Members of the Alnwick Academy of Dancing.

An Olympic theme and a celebration of a dance school’s 25th anniversary will combine in a showcase taking place later this month.

To celebrate the milestone and the Games, pupils from the Alnwick Academy of Dancing are presenting their version of A Trip to the Olympics at the Alnwick Playhouse next week.

A complete dance show, which starts with a colourful opening ceremony, is followed by the Torch Relay and the lighting of the flame.

It then progresses through various sports, including the marathon, gymnastics, beach volleyball, hockey, boxing and rowing to name just a few, to the closing ceremony.

Pupils from three to 18 years old will be involved in the four performances which will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 19, 20 and 21.

Principal teacher Carole Moseley and teachers Joanne Burn, Vicky Rule and Georgia Robinson have been planning this year’s performances for many months.

The end results are rather special as all dances have been choreographed to match the relevant sports.

So if you’re not going to London, you can watch the Olympics a week early here in Alnwick instead.

The performances will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday as well as noon and 5pm on the Saturday.

Tickets are primarily allocated to family and friends of the dancers, but cost £9, £7 for concessions or £6 for a child or student.

Principal teacher Carole Moseley took over the dance teacher position in Alnwick in September 1987, while seven months pregnant with her daughter Carris.

A year later and with 88 to 90 pupils attending, she promptly re-named the school from Swansfield Ballet School to Alnwick Academy of Dancing.

In 1993, Carole became the first, and only, teacher in the North East to gain the Fellowship teaching qualification from the The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) until her colleague Joanne Burn joined her by passing her Fellowship examination in June.

In 2002, a branch of the school in Amble was launched and it was joined by a Rothbury school five years later.

• For a look back at the last 25 years of the Alnwick Academy of Dancing, see next week’s Gazette.