Monday, July 18, 2016


at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Over its 40 year history, Essex Dance Theatre has continued to grow and evolve, while remaining true to its founding principles of professionalism, inclusivity and mutual support.
Their annual showcase is only the tip of their artistic iceberg – they're just back from their Devon residential – but remains an astounding achievement.
It began with the Thursday Boys – moving impressively to Pompeii and Juke Box Hero – before the two performing groups alternated one inventive, energetic routine after another, most of them choreographed in house. Both cohorts giving 100% to the challenging, dynamic dance, and both boasting an athletic, stylish group of young men.

Of the two dozen numbers, room only to mention the highly charged black and white This Is Why I Was Born, the cheeky Dr Wanna Do, Sing Sing Sing building the excitement, the school uniformed Trouble, which segued neatly into the witty Latin Trio. A stylish polka-dotted Hey Pachuco, and a superb routine to Neon Jungle's Braveheart, before The Knowledge from the whole company, closing the show as it has for the last 28 years, the calls and the triumphal descent to the stalls.

the 2015 company photographed by Patrick Anderson

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