Legat: Unrestrained Choreograpic Competition
On Friday night, the Legat School of dance entertained the Bede's community at Unconstrained, their Choreographic Competition.
It was an evening packed with dance of every style and variety, performed by the budding-dancers of Legat's vocational programs, featuring students from 13 to 18 years old.
The talent on show was extraordinary, and revealed the weeks of grueling work that had gone into the performance. Some highlights of the night were a talented duo from the Lower Fifth, Emily Crow and Jennah du Lieu, who had the audience immersed in their heartbreaking piece inspired by Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound.
One quick change later, they dazzled in bright pink tutus in their reinterpretation of Marshmallow Girls from Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker.
Lower Sixth students displayed originality and creative ingenuity in the Stress We Live In, inspired by Three Dances for Trois Gnossiennes. Their clean timing and captivating performance earned them an honorary mention.
Other memorable moments were a hip-hop duo that lit up the stage with incredible acrobatics; and two beautifully original solos by Upper Fifth students.
The evening was rounded off with a trip to the circus; a fun-filled, romantic comedy story presented by the junior students of Legat, while the judges, Legat teacher and former Rambert and Scottish Ballet dancer Paul Liburd MBE, and Matthew Hart, renowned professional choreographer and former dancer with Royal Ballet and Ballet Boyz, left the theatre to deliberate.
After a difficult decision, the judges finally opted to present the award for Junior category to Safe and Sound by Jennah du Lieu and Emily Crow, and the award for the Senior category went to a solo, Skinny Love, by Upper Fifth student Elena Barwell.
The whole evening was designed, choreographed and managed by the Lower Fifth students, led by show director Nadia Gjerdingen.