Monday, 13 August 2018
Flash Back to the 80s
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Jazzgalore (NBS Musical Theatre Dance Co.). Flash Back to the 80s 24 March 2018, 19:30 The Dancehouse, Manchester
Northern Ballet School in Manchester claims to be "an international centre of excellence in training for classical ballet and musical theatre." I can personally endorse that claim as many of my teachers at KNT Danceworks and Northern Ballet trained there. Students at Northern Ballet School can focus on classical ballet or jazz and musical theatre and both focuses have their own performance companies, Manchester City Ballet for classical dance and Jazzgalore for jazz and musical theatre.
Between the 22 and 24 March Jazzgalore presented Flash Back to the 80s, a two act review featuring the dance and singing from the 1980s. I attended the show on 24 March and had intended to review it months ago. The reason I did not do so is that I had asked for one or more photos from the show for my review which unfortunately never arrived. What has arrived, however, is the above video which appeared on YouTube a few days ago. It is a compilation of highlights of the show and I think it is pretty fair and accurate.
I enjoyed the show and judging by the whooping and cheering I think the audience did too. I particularly liked the numbers from Fame, especially Hard Work and the title song which were staged and choreographed by Andrew Margerison, Anton Alexandrov's Chess Ballet, Sarah Lawson's I can do that from A Chorus Line in Act 1. In Act 2 my favourites were Helen Vidotti's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Emma Woods's Raspberry Beret and two more works by Margerison, Whitney and the finale, Where's The Party. Congratulations to Patricia McDonald who produced the show and Lee Lomas and Andrew Margerison who directed it.
Sadly I seem to have missed a couple of Northern Ballet School's recent shows. That is a pity because I am one of its well wishers. I train at least once a week in its studios and I have danced several times in its theatre. Above all I am a Mancunian even though I now live in Summer Wine country. I missed The Nutcracker because the rickets sold out very quickly and The Showcase of Dance because of conflicting commitments. The school has published a video of highlights from The Nutcracker which suggests that it was very good. I hope I shall not miss Manchester City Ballet's next performance in December.