TALENTED performers from a dance school based in the Dispatch district are celebrating this week after being chosen to take part in a variety concert to mark the 21st anniversary of the children’s charity, When You Wish Upon A Star.
The Bulwell-based Take 5 Theatre School Of Dancing were one of 21 acts from around the East Midlands who won a place at the event, which is to take place at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday March 18. The charity makes dreams come true for terminally or seriously ill youngsters.
Amanda Hart, Take 5 principal, said the dance group (aged from nine to 25) impressed judges at the concert-hall audition in September with a Bollywood routine named Bombay Dreams.
She said: “They wowed the judges with their lovely dancing and costumes, while the singing group (aged nine to 60) also took the eye.
“The performers are overwhelmed at being chosen because although they have done a lot of performances, they have never done something on such a big stage.
“We already had a routine for the dance group but it was hard for the singing group because we had to learn two new songs.”
The singing group will have the honour of opening the show with Malaysian pop and rhythm and blues star Ning Baizura. They will perform a song from the new ‘Wizard Of Oz’ musical later on in the show.
The Take 5 troupe also scooped four awards at the Junior ShowTime final in Nottingham, which was held in November for dancers and singers from across the county.
In the senior category, with its performance of Bombay Dreams, the company won the categories of best group, audience vote and overall winner, while its junior dance group, performing Colours Of The Wind, were runners-up in the junior section.
Amanda said: “Members of Take 5 work extremely hard and rehearse every week to make sure their routines are fully polished. All their hard work has certainly paid off because it has been a fantastic year, and I am extremely proud of them all.
“A lot of the children have not had public exposure before, so to be recognised for their talents will make them feel quite special.”
Take 5 classes are held at the Old Town Hall in Bulwell every weekday between 4 pm and 9 pm and every Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm. Newcomers are welcome. They currently have members from between the ages of three and 63.
Classes cost between £2.50 and £3.50. To find out more, phone Amanda on 07746 854436 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.