2012 Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Guest Review

I was invited to attend the 2012 Dance Proms event at the Royal Albert Hall recently and unfortunately things conspired against me and I wasn’t able to attend.  Luckily though, the wonderful blogger Emily Quinton was able to step in for me and take her daughter and I’d like to say a big thank you to her for her review below.

On Sunday 4th November I took my very excited little girl to the Royal Albert Hall for the 2012 Dance Proms and I think I was just as excited as she was. I really love dancing and watching dancing, and it’s always quite magical and inspiring to see children and young people dancing.

The Dance Proms is a collaborative project between the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Royal Albert Hall, and is supported by, among others, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Wayne Sleep.

During the evening we got to see 25 performances by 450 young dancers from dance schools from across the country and we were also treated to performance from Strictly Come Dancing’s Darren Bennett and Lilia Koplova and “Top Hat’s” Tom Chambers and  Summer Strallen. And the evening was wonderfully compared by Strictly Come Dancing winner (2009) Chris Hollins.

There were 10 dance styles ranging  from lyrical modern to classical ballet, and from tap to street dance. Our favourites of the evening were ‘Mambo Magic’ by Margaret Preedy Dance Studios, ‘Movie Night” by the Brit School and ‘Extreme’ by Expressions Theatre Arts but all the dances were great to watch and were all performed brilliantly. Seeing so many dances performed by so many dancers with hardly any mistakes was incredible, and certainly showed the amazing standard of dancing our young people are achieving.

I loved to watch these young people working together as a team and the connection between them was wonderful. They clearly had a great commitment to dancing and really owned their dances. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement was great to watch and it filled the whole of the Royal Albert Hall with emotion. It was so brilliant to watch the proud, happy faces of the dancers after their performances in this incredible building.

We watched some really fabulous dancers during the evening. Sometimes you watch a dancer and you can almost see the dance inside of them.

It’s as if they breathe dancing and they completely dance from their heart. Seeing some of those dancers here was very special and I am sure that we will see some of these young people become professional dancers of the future.

The evening was full of inspiration for everyone watching and I know my little girl was definitely inspired to dance. It was a wonderful celebration of not only young dancers but also their fabulous dance teachers, and not to forget their committed parents who are busy taking them to dance lessons and sewing outfits.

I loved watching all the happy faces around us in the audience during the evening and the amazing finale with all the dancers on the stage at the same time filled the whole hall with joy. It was a really amazing ending to a very magical evening. Thank you to the Dance Proms, Jellyfingers, the Royal Academy of Dance and The Mummy Blogger for a fabulous time.

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