Danza Academy, Gibraltar

Danza Academy, Gibraltar


Danza Academy was a little hesitant to start classes after the Ministry of Culture gave the safe guidelines on how to unlock dance studios. The Academy competes annually at the International Dance Federation World Dance Championships at the end of May and this year, the event, which was to be held in Marina Dor, Valencia, was obviously cancelled. Looking out for their talented, motivated and competitive students, Danza decided to make the most of the first ever ‘Viva Danca online’ Competition.

The Dance world has been strongly hit by the pandemic globally but those in the highly competitive dance industry have reacted fast by using sites as zoom to continue working and continue keeping dancers inspired.

At the beginning of June, small groups of Danza’s dedicated students returned eagerly to the studio inspired by getting a chance to finally dance and compete.
In mid – June, 17 dancers, aged 6-14, competed in the first ever Online Competition in Gibraltar. Danza proudly excelled scoping 10 placings out of the 45, literally a fifth of Prizes. There were over 100 competitors from 7 nations, Portugal, Spain, England, Czech Republic, Germany, Malta and Gibraltar.

Via zoom and connected to a massive T.V. on Saturday 20th June last, students were treated to a Ballet class by Robert Parker, Director of The Elmhurst School of Ballet, feeder School of The Birmingham Royal Ballet and a Contemporary Class by Caterina Carvalho from The ‘Wayne Mc Gregor Studio’. These experts were later to judge the categories of the Ballet and Contemporary Sections.
The following day, the dancers were able to experience a Modern /Lyrical class by Sam Salter, a ‘Mathew Bourne’ dancer, who has been in endless West End musicals and commercial campaigns, like Coca Cola, Paco Rabane, Nike and River Island amongst others. This was followed by a Commercial/Hip Hop class by Kate Jordan from ‘Pros of the Shows’. Lastly the students had a Jazz class by Layton Williams, who is currently playing ‘Jamie’ in ‘Everybody is talking about Jamie’.

Judges on the Sunday were Mr. Chris Hawkins from Arts Educational, of which Andrew Lloyd Webber is President and Ms Solangue Urdang, Director of The Urdang Academy,one of the U.K.’s top Musical Theatre /Dance institutes.

The Rock was made well proud in this prestigious dance event. Competition was obviously fierce as only the very dedicated young global dancers have felt passionate enough about dance in the coming out of lock down stages to take on this type of challenge. The event was live streamed and it was most interesting to see dancers in their bedrooms, garages, gardens, studios, terraces, living rooms etc around the globe performing from whatever best available space they could find.

Similarly teachers and judges, who were mainly based in England, were transmitting from their homes. Gibraltar seemed to be further along the scale of the unlocking process and some teachers commented how they felt jealous that we were back at the studio. The Competition was only for solos because of the Global Pandemic. Categories were Junior aged 5-10, Intermediate 11-14 and Seniors 15-22.

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