Student Sophie Ellis was hand-picked to introduce a dance show in front of a 500-strong audience at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. Organisers Dance4 requested that Sophie introduce the show that featured 150 dancers from across the county.
Sophie and three other members of Corby Young Dancers, showcased a piece that they had originally performed with a larger group at a dance slam at Corby Cube. It was selected to feature in NDance 13 at the Derngate, which took place last weekend, and some of the acts will go on to perform at the Midlands Youth Dance Festival at Nottingham in April.
Sophie said: ‘I was requested to introduce the show by Dance4, as I have taken part in a couple of their workshops and with some of the things they have run in Corby. They have watched me since I was small and seen how I have progressed through dance.’
Sophie, who is in Year 11, began dancing when she was three and she has completed basic training in ballet although now she performs mainly contemporary dance. Corby Young Dancers train twice a week with choreographer Marso Riviere at Corby Cube.
‘Our dance at the Derngate was called Le Debut and there was lots of different choreographed styles, a bit of b-boy dancing and a bit of contemporary mixed in with shapes and abstract figures. The actual performance itself was really good but we were all so nervous backstage.’
Sophie also dances with Miss Duguid’s group at school, and is planning to study dance in the Sixth Form. She has been invited to attend an intensive workshop in April, working with professional dancers and finding out what a career in the profession would be like: ‘It will show us the lifestyle of a professional dancer. Marso is bringing along some of his friends so we will work with a different range of people, talk to the dancers, ask them questions and basically find out about their lifestyle to see if we want to go into that industry.
'I like dancing for the freedom it gives so you can express anything. Any emotion that you cannot necessarily express with words you can express with actions. I am not the best at letting my feelings show but when I dance it just kind of takes over.’