Falkirk area dancers go to movies for festival inspriation

Stenhouse School of Dance team who are taking part in Go Dance 14''Picture: James Bond
Stenhouse School of Dance team who are taking part in Go Dance 14''Picture: James Bond

Dozens of youngsters from the Falkirk area have been taking part in Scotland’s biggest festival of community dance.

Go Dance 14 is under way at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow as part of the city’s cultural programme for the year.

It showcases an array of new dance work from groups across Scotland and from this includes Stenhouse School of Dance, Central Scotland Ballet School, McKechnie School of Dance and Performing Arts, Stenhousemuir Primary School, Denny High and Larbert High.

With a different programme over five nights and more than 1200 dancers of all ages performing, Go Dance 14 is billed as a “wonderful celebration of the joy of dance in all its forms”.

Looking forward to taking part and having the privilege of performing on the final night, students from Stenhouse School of Dance are frantically putting in some last-minute rehearsals for their James Bond-themed piece, as well as taking part in this week’s annual Falkirk display.

Principal Irene Langlands said: “We’ve been working on our dance for around three months and just putting some final touches to it. It involves dancers aged 11-16 years and there will be modern, ballet and acrobatics on display.

“It will feature themes from ‘Skyfall’, ‘Diamonds are Forever’ and the well-known James Bond music.

“We’re delighted to be once again taking part. It’s always a spectacular event and wonderful to be involved.”

Central Scotland Ballet performed last night (Wednesday) when their dancers, aged 10-17, put on a short ballet adaptation of ‘Mary Poppins’, which was created for their annual dance displays.

Principal Jacqueline Clark said: “This is a highlight of the year for the students. It’s a wonderful experience for them to perform in one of Scotland’s oldest theatres in the footsteps of Scottish Ballet and we are usually one of the only groups to bring ballet to the show.”

Meanwhile, the Tartantastic dancers from the Stenhouse School will have to wait until July 1 to hear if they have been successful in making it through to take part in Dance Proms 14 at the Royal Albert Hall in November.

They had made the final three and there was a frantic few days of voting by the public for their favourites.