Over 100 local dancing fans set to take over town stage

Some of them are only three years old.

By David Kessen
Thursday, 14th February 2019, 4:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th February 2019, 5:02 pm

But they’re set to step onto one to biggest stages in Doncaster next month as over 100 enthusiastic amateurs take over Cast for their annual show.

Riley School of Dance have spent the last seven months practicing at their Bentley studio, on Chapel Street, to get ready for what they hope will be a sell-out performance in front of family and friends.

This year's show is called Light Up the Magical Stage, featuring routines based on based well-known musicals from stage, screen and television. They will include Never Enough, from the recent hit musical The Greatest Showman. Dance teacher at the school, Julie Riley, said the last seven months had been spent in choreography, rehearsals, sewing costumes, making props and designing imagery for the show, which will also raise money to buy  defibrillators.

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She said: “This year’s show takes its inspiration from well-known and well-loved musicals and films from both the stage, the screen and television.

“We’ve got pupils aged from three to 18 taking part – but this year we’ve got some older performers too.”

This year also sees a group of parents whose children attend the school putting on a routine at the show for the first time, doing a routine called That’s Entertainment.

And former pupil Samantha Carson is looking to take part, returning after having set off on a career dancing on cruise ships which has taken her all around the world.

Samantha, from Intake, is hoping to take part before she heads off on her next job.

Julie said she was very proud of her pupils, both past and present.

Her former pupils include Lorraine Carlisle, who has danced with the American singer Beyonce in the past, and Samantha Rollinson, who is now a top model who has appeared in Vogue.

Light Up the Magical Stage will be performed at Cast on March 2 and March 3.