Winter weather fails to dampen spirits at Staffordshire dance festival finale

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
A dancer gets ready to take part in Dance 012

A dancer gets ready to take part in Dance 012

By Abigail Malbon: The Dance 012 event ended with a bang, despite the winter weather .

People from all over Staffordshire flocked to see the final performance of the festival, which ran for almost two weeks at the Regent Theatre in Hanley.

The event, now in it’s 11th year, showcases local amateur dance talent from schools, universities and dance companies.

Heavy snow throughout the region threatened to spoil the occasion, but a large audience were present to cheer on local performers in the last 012 show.

Spokesperson Zoe Scott believes audiences have really embraced the festival: “It’s been really successful.

“We’ve had great audiences, great feedback and a real positive community spirit.

“All of the dancers enjoyed themselves, so it’s been a good 012.”

Gabriella Archiletti, 14, of Perfect Pointes School of Dance, based in Northwood, added: “I love being up on stage, performing and making everyone happy.”

“The dances are quite hard to learn but we practice and just get better at them.”

Gillian Smith, 18, also of Perfect Pointes School of Dance agreed: “We did the show two years ago so we know how hard we need to practice, but I really felt our piece was unique.

“Taking part in Dance 012 is brilliant because it allows us to show everyone what we can do and brings the community together.”

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