The college’s Performing Arts department hosted ‘Relaunch’ and ‘Encore’ competitions judged by external industry professionals.
The internal competitions were open to Performing Arts students from levels 2, 3 and 4 and consisted of a choreography competition and a musical theatre showcase. Students were required to introduce and perform a choreography piece or musical number in front of an expert panel.
Former Winsford Academy student Lucy Clarke won the ‘Relaunch’ choreography competition for her dance ‘The Dismissal of Neurons’, a contemporary piece about how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. One of the judges was so impressed with Lucy’s piece that she offered her a work placement at Cheshire Dance in Winsford!
Previous Hope Academy student Chloe O’Neill won the ‘Encore’ musical theatre showcase with her rendition of ‘Watch What Happens’ from Newsies The Musical.
Speaking on the competitions, the college’s Lecturer in Dance & Performing Arts, Sindy Richardson, said: “Due to funding cuts in the creative industry, there aren’t many opportunities for young performers to showcase their skills, except for commercialised competitions such as Britain’s Got Talent. Hosting our own competitions judged by industry experts provided a great experience for our students and opened doors for their future.
As a department we were exceptionally proud of the professionalism demonstrated by our students. The judges were equally impressed and are keen to get more involved with the work we do here.”