Over 200 students from West Bridgford-based Leonard School of Dance took part in a dance event at the Nottingham Emmanuel School.
Students aged between six and 24 took part in ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, which is an original work by founder director, Helen Leonard and director, Michelle Widdison.
It told the story of visitors to an art exhibition who become enchanted by a mystical creature. They are transported through an empty picture frame into a world where the paintings come to life.
The ensuing dances were inspired by famous artists and paintings such as Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Mondrian and Raphael, to name but a few.
Some of the students produced pieces of artwork which were put on display for the audience to view as they arrived.
Interval refreshments were served by a team of bakers dressed in artist’s berets and aprons. They had made cakes with the various famous paintings iced on top.
A total of £1,000 was raised over the weekend from the sale of the cakes and drinks – and this money will be divided between Breast Cancer Research and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The students gave four performances over the weekend and the Sunday matinee was attended by the Mayor of Rushcliffe, councillor Christine Jeffreys, who was welcomed by Helen and Michelle and members of the cast. Councillor Jeffreys thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
Leonard School of Dance has been teaching local children and young people for 38 years. It is registered by the Royal Academy of Dance and boasts excellent examination results.
Children are accepted into the school from three years of age and can follow the RAD Grades, Higher Grades and Vocational Grades through to Advanced. There are also thriving Adult Ballet classes.
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