Southwark College's Level 3 Dance students staged an incredible show with their final production of the year, 'Icons', at Canada Water Culture Space showcasing their passion for dance and ability to convey emotions through movement.
The opening dance sequence was energetic and fast-paced, inspired by crowd-pleasing classics from the 70s and 80s, such as Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. As the show progressed, the musical genres and inspirations shifted from slow, emotional contemporary dance to lively afrobeats and garage, paying tribute to many talented artists and pop culture references across generations.
The students successfully choreographed their routines, dancing confidently with a variety of exciting props and costumes. Ahead of this performance, the students learnt how to dance as an ensemble as well as solo and in pairs, progressing and improving their range as dancers.
Rei Kabei, who performed a solo act, said: "My favourite parts of the show were the garage piece and the final routine as they're both very high energy. I enjoyed performing at Southwark College's End of Year Dance show and having the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills I gained on my course. For anyone considering this course, I would tell you to follow your heart and have fun; that's the most important thing."
Elliot Smith said: "Being a part of the Icons performance has been awesome. It's been a chance for us to express ourselves and showcase our passion. If you're ambitious about something, especially dance, go for it and enjoy the opportunity."
Jane Button, Principal at Southwark College, said: “We are so proud of our dance students for putting on a fantastic dance performance and staging this amazing and entertaining show. Their confidence and ability to memorise complex routines are impressive and show how much they have learnt from their course. The production was a celebration of the diverse range of genres and eras covered; it truly reflects the rich and varied nature of our student population and their range of inspirations."
To find out more about our dance courses, visit southwark.ac.uk/dance