Dancers get creepy and freaky for spooky show
TWO-hundred talented dancers put on a spooky show at the Grimsby Auditorium.
From solo performances to bone-chilling group dances – Clifton's Dance Academy's Freaky Friday was a spectacular array of costumes and drama.
The annual show, which has taken place for about 20 years, is always taken seriously by participants, as it takes six months to rehearse.
Keith Clifton, owner of Clifton's Dance Academy, said: "It is a horror spectacular show with various dances and dancers vary from three to 20 years old.
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"It gives them the experience on stage and the confidence.
"It's great that parents can see what their children have been practising – and it always turns out to be a family occasion.
"The kids love dressing up, putting make-up on and the whole experience of a production."
Speaking before the show, dancer Page Bowden, 9, of Grimsby, had been working so hard at remembering her routine, she had even been doing it while swimming.
She said: "I will be performing rock and roll, solo slow, pairs and a team dance called Land Of Enchantment.
"It is a stormy dance and all the cast is involved.
"My mum, dad, auntie, uncle, nana, grandad, brother and my other auntie will be watching me."
Lauren Wright, 16, of Cleethorpes, said she would also be performing a solo slow, black magic dance and Land Of Enchantment.
She said: "I really enjoy performing my solo because it's your time to shine.
"The whole production is great and there is some fast, sharp music.
"It's great to perform creepy movements."
Dressed in her Men In Black costume, Tia Howe, 8, of Reynolds Primary School, couldn't wait to get on stage.
She said: "I will be performing a Men In Black dance and St Trinian's dance.
"I have been dancing for four years and I really enjoy shows like this because everyone gets together and has fun.
"This show has a lot of jumping around, which is good.
"I also enjoy having my hair and makeup done."
Clifton's dance teacher Becky Cibbick, 24, of Cleethorpes, has been part of Clifton's for 20 years.
"I have been part of this dance group for so long because I enjoy working with the friendly people," Becky said. "I also enjoy teaching competitors and freestyle dancers because you get to see the end results on stage."
Another dance teacher Becky Wishart, 20, of Keelby, enjoys seeing the smiles on the children's faces when they are on stage.
She said: "I really enjoy working with kids and see them progress, and it's great to see all the work has paid off when they are up on stage."
For more information, or if you want to join, call Keith and Judy on 01472 822270 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org