Students performed to a packed audience for two nights in the Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn with the show providing joy and colour on the dark and dreary February evenings.  Amateur dancers, some as young as 6 years old, all the way through to the Sixth Form Dance Captains, performed with confidence and charisma following months of training before, during, and after school.

Head of Dance at Shrewsbury High School, Michelle Reece, spoke of her enormous pride following the event: “The students have spent many months putting together a variety of different dance styles and genres in preparation for this production. Some of them dance outside of school, developing their technical skills and undertaking exams and have brought their own choreography to the programme. Others have given up an amazing amount of their free time by committing to co-curricular dance clubs to learn new pieces of work for the production. “

The show provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and express themselves through dance. It’s a chance for the school to come together and support one another, all whilst providing an enriching, cultural and professional experience for our girls”.

From solo dances to ensembles, ballet to contemporary, there was huge variety and a brilliant energy that the girls were able to maintain from beginning to end, across two nights with much of the choreography developed by the girls themselves. The show is a true celebration of the arts and a testament to the creativity and passion of the SHS community.

The finale, a group dance to Hold Up the Light by Take That, with all the girls on stage, brought the show to an exhilarating and rousing end with the audience on their feet.

Head of Juniors Kate Millichamp spoke for everyone in congratulating the cast and crew on their production “Our fantastic troop of dancers from Years 2 to 13 energetically took the Theatre Severn stage with such poise, confidence and beauty and I am in awe of their talent; they were sensational, and we are all so very proud to say that they are Shrewsbury High School students.  One of the things that we celebrate at SHS is our community of big and little sisters; a powerful network of individuals who celebrate, support and care for each other and that was tangible on the stage this week and throughout the rehearsals and preparation.”