eNgage dance show returns for 2018

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Dance groups from Essex and Hertfordshire gave a wonderful performance at this year’s eNgage at the Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon on Friday 29 June.

eNgage 2018

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With an audience of over 300 and a cast of 130, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The mix of dance styles included Street Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre and Commercial.

The dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities, from 8 years old to 72 years young!

The evening welcomed a new group to perform, Mayhem Theatre Arts. They closed the show with a great number representing all dances through the decades. Big Funksters Tappers performed for the first time ever after only having formed in 2017.

A journey through time

CoCoCare, an adult group with disabilities from Colchester, wowed the audience with their use of props and quick costume changes, that also take us on a journey through time with different dance styles and moves including Disco and Break Dancing.

Jason Theatre School celebrated girl power with a feisty but feel-good female medley, the piece was created in the Daniela’s Dance classes; a special class started in memory of pupil Daniela Ruggiero. Straight Up Dance, closed the first act with a phenomenal piece inspired by The Greatest Showman, that had both adults and junior classes performing together.

DNA Studios and Flux Dance Collective choreographed pieces especially for the show to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

The show

The show is organised by the Epping Forest District Museums Heritage and Culture team and is part of the U.Dance network of events that aim to provide every child and young person with the opportunity to take part in a dance performance.

The flyer and programme for the show are designed by Art and Design student, Annabel Christian from Epping Forest College who beat fellow classmates to be the winning design.

“Not to be missed”

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett attended, and said: “ What an amazing evening, I consider it a privilege to have been invited. It’s wonderful to be a part of an event that showcases so much local artistic flair and talent. I was exhausted by the sheer energy of all the groups! Congratulations to the performers and well done to all of the event organisers for putting on such a wonderful show. Please make sure you get a ticket for next year it’s not to be missed.”