Time to grab a ‘Chance to Dance’

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THE LONG-established annual show, staged by Hucknall’s Sarah Adamson School of Dance, is aiming to live up to its reputation of providing a mini-Broadway experience.

‘Chance To Dance’, which is in its 13th year, will be held once again at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.

It also coincides with the silver jubilee for the Sarah Adamson school, which currently runs classes most days of the week at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street in Hucknall.

‘Chance To Dance 2012’ will feature upwards of 100 dancers ranging in age from three years to a woman who is in her 80s.

Principal dance teacher Sarah Teer said: “We normally do three performances of the show but we have decided to reduce it to two this year because people are strapped for cash and they cannot afford to go to the theatre.

“But the show is a real experience and anyone who comes along will enjoy themselves.

“Someone once said to me that when they came along for the first time they didn’t really expect anything but afterwards they said it was like a little West End or Broadway experience.”

Money raised from the show through ticket sales will once again go to the Parents’ Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC) charity.

It will open with a dance routine to the song ‘Feeling Good’ by Michael Buble and there will also be a montage inspired by the dance and music of South Africa.

The show lasts for two hours and will be spiced by 24 routines, including a spectacular curtainraiser to the second half to the song ‘Copacabana’, complete with Las Vegas showgirls.

Dance genres featured throughout include commercial jazz, ballet, modern theatre and tap.

Jazz teacher Tom Gribby has once again put together several of the pieces.

Sarah, who started teaching at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Hucknall, said: “It has been a race against time to get the show ready for this year but everyone has put a lot of effort in and we can’t wait.”

n OUR PHOTO shows some of the Sarah Adamson dancers in their Africa-inspired costumes fine-tuning their routines for the show — DISPIC NHUD12-1153-1.