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Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star

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Independent woman Beyonce belting out her hit Who Rules the World? Girls! through the speakers sets the soundtrack for a showcase which sparkles like the stars who made it.

Just two boys feature among dozens and dozens of girls in the Academy of Dance’s annual production at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre this week, showing that the Billy Elliot factor is long gone.

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star.

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star.

However, the entire production is very much a team effort with every performer living up to the show’s title, Let Me Be Your Star,

Dynamic dancing in skifully choreographed creations, awe-inspiring gymnastics, gravity-defying human sculptures and lively and colourful musical theatre numbers feature among nearly 60 pieces.

Personal favourites at last night’s performance included the Mexican dance inspired Diablo Rojo, which was performed by the teachers and students in black frocks who swooshed their frilly skirts and stamped their feet to great dramatic effect; the inter ballet troupe’s Camelot which was breathtakingly beautiful and brought a lump to the throat, the gym troupe’s interpretation of the Sorceror’s Apprenctice and the musical theatre juniors’ interpretation of Hard Knock Life from Annie.

For sheer liveliness and loudness you can’t beat the juniors and lower seniors, dressed as naughty schoolgirls, for their performance of Revolting Children from the musical Matilda.

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star.

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star.

And a big shout-out for the mesmerising movement and awesome athleticism of Maddy Andrews and Emily Potter who dance as though their lives depend on it in their solo performances.

Gorgeous costumes include sugar pink dresses trimmed with silver for some of the youngest performers and dramatic black and white dresses for the senior ballet troupe.

Cute kids look just purr-fect as fabulous felines strutting their stuff to a song from Cats while performers dressed as peacocks, penguins, wasps and big cats are enchanting in a composition called Just So...

In true showbiz tradition, the best is saved till last. Chesterfield is treated to Allegretto by the high-kicking Dance Proms Team 2012 who lit up the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in November. This is an amazing display of choreography in which the 24 performers look like fantastic birds of paradise in turquoise and white feathered plumage. Who needs the Folies Bergere when we have stunning showgirls like these on our doorstep?

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star

Academy of Dance students in Let Me Be Your Star

Let Me Be Your Star! continues at the Pomegranate tonight (Friday, April 5) and tomorrow night at 6.30pm and on Sunday, April 7, at 5.30pm. Tickets are still available.

GAY BOLTON