On cloud nine: Dance Society takes record number of trophies

Alex Hendley catches up with Louise Barnard to talk about Newcastle Dance Societies recent successes.

29th February 2016

Sports Editor Alex Hendley spoke to Louisa Barnard regarding the recent success of Newcastle University’s Dance Society who took nine trophies at Gateshead’s Sage, with action shots of all of last Saturday’s best action.

Last Saturday, Newcastle Dance Society hosted twelve other universities at Gateshead’s Sage with hopes of adding some much-deserved silverware to Newcastle University’s trophy cabinet. With a whole array of disciplines for the society to compete in, it would take a high level of talent to outshine the visiting universities, who too would be hoping for glory.

In an outstanding display, Newcastle came away from the day with nine trophies and smiles all round after a dominating dance performance.  The nine trophies that the society plundered from the Sage took their year’s haul to 21, a society record for Newcastle University. What’s more, with a competition in Sheffield this weekend their total will have reached new heights in their run up to their annual dance show this April.

Dancers doing as dancers do.

Dancers doing as dancers do.

Newcastle took a remarkable four first places, coming top spot in Intermediate Tap, Advanced Contemporary, Lyrical and a stunning solo from Louisa Barnard. Intermediate Jazz, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Street and Intermediate Ballet swept up the second places while Advanced Tap came on impressive third to wrap up an outstanding day.

Big thanks must be given to Beth Hinson, who coordinated and made possible the fantastic show in Gateshead.

“What a wonderful day of dancing”, said Hinson, clearly delighted with the day’s outcome, “the atmosphere from the twelve universities was buzzing the entire day, and Newcastle smashed it!”

Northern Stage hosts Newcastle Dance Society’s next big event, when Dance Fest presents ‘Fancy Footwork’ on Friday 22nd April and Saturday 23rd April. The show will include all sorts of dancing, with ballet, tap, commercial and lyrical all on show.

More details on the show will be released at a later date.

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