Without doubt, one of the highlights of the Key Stage 3 performing arts calendar is the annual Year 8, Strictly Come Dancing Final. On Thursday evening, no-one was thinking about Stacey Dooley or Joe Sugg, our thoughts were all focused on which of the outstanding year 8 couples competing would walk away with the Borlase glitter ball.
This year’s event was full of charm and glamour. The quality of dance the competitors are able to present is more than impressive; we have to remind ourselves that these dancers have had just a few hours of dance lessons dedicated to their dances. They are all a credit to themselves and to the dance department in Mrs Ashby and Mrs Hindley.
The school theatre was transformed into the Blackpool ballroom by Jenny, Will and the Junior Tech Team. The revolving mirror ball, sequinned sofa and foot- lit staircases all created the right ambience. From the moment the filmed credits showing all the performers dance, the audience was spellbound. Miss Mountfield and Mr Robertson did their usual attempt at being Tess and Brucie, asking the contestants tricky questions, being mildly rude to the judges for being mean markers and making predictable bad jokes – perfect hosts!
Every performer on the evening was a winner as each of them had won their form heats to be able to take part. We had sassy sambas, romantic waltzes and high-energy jives all being scrutinized by the panel of celebrity judges – Mr Miall, Miss Holmes, Dr Parsons and visiting judge, Mr Galbraith who will be teaching dance while Mrs Hindley is on maternity leave. Their job in making a decision on the winner was incredibly difficult this year. However, after a lengthy retirement while the audience listened to the brilliant Borlase Jazz Orchestras , they came back to present the trophy.
This year’s winners of the Strictly Glitterball were Ruby Paish and Max Arnold (with a wonderful waltz danced in Venetian masks.
The evening of dance included some outstanding exhibition dancing from experienced dancers Tim Woodford and his partner Tallulah with a spectacular Latin routine to a Michael Jackson medley. Imo Baguley and Harry Fayers, both who admitted to having come second in their Strictly competitions as absolute beginners, have gone on to achieve national recognition having carried on dancing following their Year 8 experience. Harry and Imo choreographed and danced with the Borlase Latin and Ballroom dancers in a highly polished routine to make the whole evening a wonderful, colourful celebration of dance.