Garstang Dance School wows Guild Hall crowds

Dancing divas from Garstang wowed a sell-out audience at Preston's Charter Theatre over the weekend with a show stopping, musical extravaganza.

Friday, 21st May 2010, 5:53 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2010, 5:54 pm

Girls and boys, young and old, put on their glad rags and took to the stage for the 'Dance Fever' spectacular, setting the stage alight with an explosion of colour, music and dance.

Around 270 pupils, aged from two upwards, from the Garstang School of Dance showcased their talents in the show, masterminded by dance school owner Pam Proctor and dance tutors Claire Sharples and Claire Whiteside.

The show marked a very special celebration for the dance school which is now in its 10th year.

The special event, has been seven months in the planning and Pam said she was incredibly proud of the school's performance which went without so much as a technical hitch.

Pam said: "The youngsters were so, so excited. There were no tears no nerves, they were all bursting with energy and we were practically holding them back from the stage.

"It went so well, we were all really pleased and I feel so proud of all them. We've had loads of nice messages and it was great for all the family and friends to see for themselves what they have learned."

The dance school, based at Cabus Village Hall and St Thomas's Parish Hall in Garstang, puts on a show every two years, normally at Garstang High School, but having grown from strength to strength over recent years, Pam was forced to move the show to the Charter Theatre, where even the little ones had no problem filling the stage.

"The children loved the proper dressing room, lights around the mirrors, full make-up and costume and the large stage.

"It was a lot more professional and made a massive difference to the show, it was just fantastic to watch," she added.

The two-hour production involved a full dance tour of modern ballet and tap to streetdance to music from musicals, popular songs and film.

Pam, 35, from Fulwood, a dancer from the age of two, set-up the dance school in 2000 after working as a dance tutor from the age of 16, for a number of dance schools in Lancashire.

But she said she never imagined the school would grow to become so popular, with students travelling from Lancaster and Preston to take classes. Her own two daughters Sophie and Maria also reguarly attend classes.

Pam said: "I couldn't ask to work in a nicer area, parents and the children are superb, so responsive and polite and you can really see the potential.

"For many of the pupils it is more than a hobby it's the social side of it. Everyone gets on so well and the school has such a nice atmosphere."

And she added that it wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and comittment of pupils who have put in a lot of hours to get the show together and the army of parents rallying round to rehearsals and organising costumes, hair and make-up.

"We just want to say a massive thank you to all the parents who get involved. There's no way we could do it without their support."