Event Review: Legat Showcase 2016
Before half term, the Legat dancers presented a mixed bill of inspired dance works entitled “Spirit.”
With no seats left to spare, the audience were not disappointed by the programme that was imaginative, entertaining and at times extremely powerful. One of the Housemasters, Mr Leggett, was even moved to tears after an emotional solo performed by Amira Davidson during the performance “Autumn” choreographed by Legat’s new Principal and Artistic Director, Mr Lee Smikle.
The varying genres of dance represented during the mixed bill demonstrated how versatile and technically proficient our young dancers are and even saw some extremely impressive vocal solos during the Opening Number, “A Chorus Line” where Amelia Mitchell and Jody Laughton-Zimmerman were particularly stand-out.
Some of the Royal Academy of Dance examination variations were also performed sublimely by the dancers, all of whom were awarded Distinction grades in the recent examinations. These dancers demonstrated musicality, grace and precision.
Their variations preceded large corps de ballet group pieces restaged from the Royal Ballet professional repertoire, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The Legat dancers here all demonstrated their ability to perform in perfect unison and awareness of group patterns and formations, both of these performances were expertly reconstructed on our dancers by Fiona Chadwick, former principal of the Royal Ballet Company and regular teacher at the Legat School of Dance.
Student choreography also featured in this year’s show as Lower Sixth dancer, Hannah Chen performed her winning solo from our recent Choreographic Competition, “The Thin Veil of Life After Loss.”
This piece continued to move the audience and demonstrated Hannah’s ability to dance entirely from the heart.
Phoenix Tanner’s dance film “Built to Consume” was screened again after winning the group choreographic section of the Legat Choreographic Competition and a new piece of student choreography “Isopraxism” presented in another dance film choreographed and conceptualised by Katy Eedle which explored the idea of adrenaline in a confined packed London tube.
The student choreography was then rounded off by an energetic and entertaining performance by our Upper Sixth Leavers in which they presented “Salutation” a dance which enabled them to say farewell to Legat and Bede’s before they all embark on their next stage of professional training, as it drew on the different pieces that they have performed throughout their time in Legat.
We are extremely proud of all of the dancers and the show was a huge success.