Talented dance students have been chosen to take part in a major international dance spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall this autumn. The students, from the A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy in Hove, will be performing on stage in front of an audience of dance lovers and celebrity patrons, including Darcey Bussell CBE, Kimberly Wyatt and Wayne Sleep OBE. They will join 23 other dance acts at the fourth annual Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and will be sharing the iconic stage with students from afar afield as Spain, Malta and Israel, as well as with a variety of celebrity guest acts including Matthew Golding and Akane Takada from The Royal Ballet. The A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy students will be performing a Jazz piece called Afrika.
Marnie Wallis, principal of A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy, said: “How amazing that students of A2 Arts have been given this honour for the third year running, to perform at this beautiful and iconic venue where so many famous people have appeared before them. The students and parents are so excited as they know what a fabulous evening this will be, a true celebration of dance.”
Darcey Bussell CBE, patron of Dance Proms and president of the Royal Academy of Dance, said: “Dance Proms is an important event because it promotes and champions the very best young dance talent.
“It also reflects the pure enjoyment that is gained by dancing, especially in groups. Every year I am amazed at the young dancers who wow us with their skill, creativity and extraordinary talent.
“These dancers are the future of dance – many will become the stars and role models of tomorrow.
“To dance on the iconic Royal Albert Hall stage is an experience the dancers will never forget and I wish them all the best of luck.”
To qualify for Dance Proms 2014, dance teachers submitted a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre, and performed as a solo, couple, trio or group. Entries were submitted online by video and selected by a panel including artistic directors and senior examiners from the world of dance.
Dance Proms was established to celebrate dance in all its forms and the unique relationship between students and their dance teachers. The spectacular annual event is attended by dance critics, talent scouts and dozens of top names from the dance world.