WOW…what a show!!
Last weekend saw 500 local dancers take to the streets of Warrington one last time to celebrate the RLWC2013 tournament within the town
Dancers from ages 3- 87 told the tale of two teams; looking at themes crossing the geographic elements and cultures between Samoa and Warrington.
The 40 minute performance piece was split into 7 sections starting at Market Gate which later inviting the audience to travel with the performers down Horesmarket Street towards the stadium.
The performance was a partnership project between the Wolves Foundation and Culture Warrington with financial support from the Arts Council England and Warrington Borough Council.
Window on Warrington was created by Artistic Director Stacey Goodall who led a team of 12 local dance artists through the creative process and rehearsals. The team have worked with local schools, colleges, universities and community groups, engaging with over 500 participants since March.
On reflection of the project Stacey Goodall commented: “It’s a really inclusive and diverse project that celebrates Warrington and the people in the town. As a local girl I’m proud to have led the performance piece it’s been great to celebrate the artistic talent within the town!”
The visual performance engaged the large audience through the use of props, flags, giants, pyrotechnics, stage effects and popular music taken from Warrington such as the Stone Roses and George Formby!
Keith Cahillane, Head teacher at St Andrew’s CE Primary School said: “The spectacle was superb and the substantial crowd who had watched the show had to appreciate the hard work of the many organisers and volunteers who helped make this event happen. As Head teacher of a school contributing eight dancers, I felt extremely proud to work in and represent Warrington.”
The WOW dancers later travelled to the Halliwell Jones Stadium where they joined other North West dancers and the RLWC2013 Elite Cheerleaders in the large scale pitch performance of the Viral dance during half time of the Samoa V Fiji Quarter Final game.
In addition to the unique town centre performances the WOW dancers have been invited to perform on the pitch at the RLCW2013 Final at Old Trafford on the 30th November. The local young people will be performing in front of crowds of 72,000, which will be an unforgettable experience for all!
The whole project has been a fantastic opportunity for all involved and is something that we hope to build upon as we continue to work alongside our partners at Culture Warrington.
Congratulations and thank you to all performers, facilitators, volunteers and group leaders involved!
Fusion Elite, Fusion Pre Elite, Fusion community classes of all ages, FUSED, Velocity Dance of all ages, Angels Dance Academy- all ages, GRACE over 50’s, Wolfprint, Urban Footsteps, Further Footsteps, Sarah Royle School of Dance, Shooting Stars Dance Academy, Viscaria Dance, Palms School of Dance, Bridgewater High School, Warrington Collegiate, Edge Hill University, Bruche Primary School, Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School, Penketh South CP School, St Andrew’s CE Primary School, St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School, Westbrook Old Hall Primary School.
Amy Jackson, Sindy Richardson, Kat Shakeshaft, Kelly Rice, Beth Callender, Sam Hickey, Lyndsey Thomas, Sarah- Jane Lockwood, Zanna Dennis, Karen Elliott, Belinda Grantham
WOW Professional Dance Company
Becky Ankers, Rachel Baldwin, Sam Broadbent, Theo Fapohunda, Sam Shaw, Sarah Hall.
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