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'Once upon a time, deep in the forest...'

Published Wednesday 11th of May 2011 04:24:12 PM

�Once upon a time, deep in the forest, was a doll shop.� So began the Dance Extravaganza, held at St Benedict�s School on Tuesday 5th April, with a cast of nearly forty pupils. This was a new event in the school calendar, intended to showcase Dance as a vibrant and exciting sports activity.

One of the wooden dolls, Delilah (played by Sophia Fitzmaurice � Year 7), longs to escape the shop shelves and live as a professional dancer at Pineapple studios. Through dance, music and commentary a remarkable Hip Hop Fairytale unfolded as Delilah tries to make it to the fairy kingdom. Barring her way is the evil Ken (Sam Lubkowski � Year 8), the Breakdancing Army and the Benedict�s Bad Girls. However, with the help of the princesses Delilah finally realises her dream.

A packed audience sat mesmerised in the Glendyne Theatre and enjoyed this truly remarkable show, directed and choreographed by dance teacher Ruth Kestenbaum. Sophia Fitzmaurice gave a wonderful demonstration of Irish dancing and Sam Lubkowski was outstanding as the single male dancer in the whole show. Most importantly though it was a team performance with the whole cast putting all their energy and enthusiasm into each routine.

Director Ruth Kestenbaum was particularly proud of the Year 9 and 10 girls in her Tuesday games group. �I thought they achieved something really special. Many of them weren't confident about performing and were extremely nervous and it was a big deal for them to get up there and dance so well in the show.�

Head of Girls� Games, Grainne Dunlea, said, �The show was very well received and created a real buzz, not just among the girls and their parents, but also in the wider school community. It was particularly good to see so many boys in the audience.�
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