LOCAL dance group Inferno took over the Clickimin in Lerwick on Friday night to present their Halloween themed ‘Spooktacular’ showcase, writes Louise Thomason.
The group, which began in 2011 and currently consists of 110 children aged from 3 to 17 years, put on an incredibly impressive show featuring a range of dance styles and spooky costumes to a packed out audience of around 600 people.
The troupe is split into six groups – Embers, Kindlings and Peerie Sparks, for children from 3-7 years old; Ignite and Blaze, from 8-13; and Inferno, whose members range from 10-17 years.
Founder and instructor Jenny Teale gave a short introduction praising the children for their efforts and hard work and, in particular, the older students who have been on hand to help out with younger age groups in the weeks leading up to the show.
The night’s host, a dodgy accented (by his own admission) Dracula, aka Kevin Teale, then took to the stage to get the show underway.
Kicking off with a pyjama party themed routine, in which pillow fighting slumberers were awoken by a troop of zombies, each sequence featured a different group and Halloween inspired routines with titles such as Black Magic and Monsters in the Dark, performed to pop music hits and classic tracks.
From adorable twirling ghosts and tiny wiggly-bummed pumpkins, to super high energy leaping dancers and cackling witches, there was a variety of skills and a huge amount of talent on display. Showing no sign of nerves, which would be understandable given the scale of the show, the dancers moved about the stage with purpose, energy and lot of fun.
A prizegiving ceremony for team trophies was held, with the winners of each team as follows: Embers – Khloe Wishart; Kindlings – Julia Strachanowska; Peerie Sparks – Erin Johnson; Blaze – Sanna Forsyth; Ignite – Ashleigh Hughson; Inferno – Imogen Teale.
With props to build, costumes to organise and dance moves to perfect, the show must have taken a huge amount of dedication and hard work. Yet it’s clear to see the children had an absolute ball performing, and the support they undoubtedly received from their tutors and mentors must have played a huge part in their success. Everyone involved should feel very proud of what they all achieved.