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Movie Magic


Magic Moments

From Bond to Bollywood... with ballet. Backed by favourite cinema soundtracks, this excellent winter warming entertainment featured the finest young dancing feet in the region - the youngest, amazingly, only four years old.
Along with dazzling costumes the energy and enthusiasm was a treat throughout.
The Academy of Dance with a glittering Goldeneye provided the opening supercool James Bond set, and if the Jan Mizen Dancers' heroes - Superman, Spiderman and Batman - were just as indestructible they were definitely more wackily attired.
There were Wild West gun-slingers, showgirls, cowgirls and winsome looking woolly horses from the Jane Farrell Ballet School dancing to, among others, Rawhide, Hoe Down and High Noon, and the Carrington Hollywood School's Epics included a stunning sand-sweeping Lawrence of Arabia.
Cartoon classics, among them the Fantasia Nutcracker scenes, giant toadstools and all, were delightfully conjured up by Rita Jenvey's dancers.
The Wessex School's Musicals ranged from the majestic mountains of The Sound of Music to the mean streets of West Side Story, and tap-danced out to Gene Kelly's splash hit, Singin' in the Rain.
Doctor Zhivago and eight Holly Golightlys were among Talbot Academy's recreations from Romantic Hollywood, while leaving the grand finale to a stunning upbeat Bollywood, with the Spotlight School in full sari-spinning splendour.

Ray O'Luby
Bournemouth Daily Echo

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