Dance Down Memory Lane

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ON THEIR TOES:Courtney Brown, left, Elle Marquet & Elise Agnew, just three of the 120 dancers in the show

Although Lucy Vining is only 10, tomorrow night she will dance with the experience of 50 years.From Strauss to Gaga, 80 years of music and dance will be on show this weekend when 120 dancers take to the Theatre Royal’s stage to dance through the decades.

It is an opportunity for all the dancers of the Wakatu Dance Theatre to have a go, from four to adulthood.

Lucy will involved with five of the decades.

The show is being directed by Peta Spooner, who Lucy’s mother, Christie Vining, says has a great philosophy with the dancers.

“She lets the girls dance in whatever they want as long as they can commit to the practices.”

And Lucy is committed. “She loves it.”

It is the first time the company has been in the Theatre Royal since it reopened.

“It is really exciting,” says Ms Spooner. “It’s a privilege to be back in the theatre.”

She says the show is about giving the audience a good blend of entertainment, even if dance is not their first priority.

“It’s a lovely mix of styles. There really is something for everyone.”

That includes the jazz age of the 1920s; the big band and swing music of the 1930s and the Depression; the wartime songs of the 1940s; rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s, and on through the British Invasion and flower power, disco, new wave and hip-hop.

So prepare yourself for everything from Lady Gaga to Elvis Presley.

Tomorrow, it will be a dance through the decades.

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