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Wokingham Dance Academy celebrates its first theater performance since lockdown – and its 15th anniversary – Wokingham.Today

A WOKINGHAM-based dance school celebrated its 15th anniversary with its first live performance in a theater since the lifting of covid restrictions.

The 1, 2 Step Dance Academy invited its 125 dancers, aged 3 to 18, to take part in the show. It took place at the Wilde Theater in South Hill Park, and the youngsters played to sold-out houses.

Titled Celebrating 15 Years, the show featured a mix of styles and techniques the band had learned.

It had been organized in such a way that everyone had their moment to shine on stage in their own age-appropriate choreographed number.

The younger age group crawled to The Ugly Bug Ball, the minis sparkled and fidgeted in Shake A Tail Feather, and the seniors had a sophisticated Fosse-inspired performance in Bye Bye Blackbird.

Principal Michelle Bolwell said: “Having canceled and rearranged our 2020 show several times throughout the lockdowns, we have done everything possible to ensure that our preparations for 2022 were not made in vain.

“For our older students who are leaving this summer for college or further education, it was especially special and important for them to have one last performance on stage.”

Ms Bolwell said many had been students since the age of four.

“Not ending their 14 years at school with one last theater performance would have been devastating,” she said.

“The show was a revisit of the most memorable dances of the past 15 years, so in addition to returning to the theater after 24 months of uncertainty and saying goodbye to seniors, it was a weekend full of emotions for all the families involved.

“I’m beyond proud of my dancers and can’t wait to see it all again when we get our film.

“As a family of dancers, we have shared many wonderful moments and created special memories together, so I look forward to the next 15 years.”

The dance school is committed to supporting the local community by raising funds for a chosen charity each year.

The show raised £930, which will be donated to Berkshire Women’s Aid, which provides a range of services and programs for people experiencing domestic abuse.