In March this year more than 1000 video auditions from dance schools worldwide, were sent to be considered by the panel of the 2014 Dance Proms, due to be staged at The Royal Albert Hall this November.
Amongst these was local dance school, The Lodge School of Theatre Dance (formerly Beryl Jarvis School of Theatre Dance), located in Earley, Reading, whose Principal, Sarah-Jane Bullock sent a video audition of her young dancers for the judges consideration.
To her delight a few weeks later, Miss Sarah received the wonderful news that her school had been one of only 24 dance schools to be chosen by the panel to perform in front of an audience of 3000 people.
"We knew the competition would be extremely tough and we are delighted to be chosen amongst such stiff opposition." said Miss Sarah.
November 2nd 2014 will see dance students from around the UK and as far afield as Spain, Malta and Israel, performing pieces of original choreography on the Royal Albert Hall's famous stage. The twenty-four dance acts come from all dance genres, from ballet to hip hop, cheerdance to jazz and even Tahitian national dance and were chosen from a pool of 1000 auditionees.
"It's an amazing opportunity for the children and students, we are all so excited!"
The talented young dancers will share the stage with some amazing guest acts: World Showdance Champions Craig Smith and Micheline Marmol, as featured on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing; The Royal Ballet's Principal Matthew Golding and First Soloist Akane Takada performing the Don Quixote pas de deux; World Champions Tap Attack; Aura Dance Studios presenting A Dance Through Time; and a guest act from the 2014 Dance World Cup Finals!
Dance Proms 2014 is supported by Patrons Darcey Bussell CBE, Anton Du Beke, Matt Flint, Len Goodman, Chris Hollins, Arlene Phillips CBE, Lukas McFarlane, Lisa Riley, Angela Rippon OBE, Wayne Sleep OBE, Kimberly Wyatt and Strictly's Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer.
"It's so important that young talent has a chance to see what other talented people are doing at this national event." - Darcey Bussell CBE, Dance Proms Patron.