IGNITE - by Year 12 Dance students
Year 12 Dance students Camay-Milan Maslona and Phoebe Isted review their experience of BRIT School dance competition IGNITE
IGNITE, not just a dance show but an opportunity for people to showcase their own choreography. Held on the Tuesday 8 November, the show has become an annual event in everyone's calendar and there is a buzz in the air as show day becomes closer. What makes IGNITE special is that anyone from any strand can enter and any style of dance is welcomed. This helps make the show interesting and also can help inspire people in the audience. The winner is invited to perform their piece at the Post 16 show ‘Open Invitation' which will be held on Wednesday 14 December.
This year 12 acts entered and we had a wide variety of pieces from a hip-hop solo, a lyrical duet and large group melody. Some dancers had previously entered the competition whereas it was the first time for others. What I found most admirable was the comradery between the dancers. Offstage everyone was congratulated on their performance and there was absolutely no rivalry that you would usually find at a competition.
After everyone had performed, the audience voted for their favourite piece and our judges chose their overall winner. This year we were lucky to have Dylan Mayoral and The EZ twins as our VIP’s. Dylan, ex-student, Britain's Got Talent finalist and has been teaching workshops in over ten different cities across the world. The EZ Twins recently performed alongside Anne Marie at the 2016 EMAS. They chose Andreya McGillivary as the overall winner. The audience award went to a group number choreographed by Zhane Reign and the runners up, a duet by Robbie Ordona and La Qwarn Robinson.
When speaking to Andreya after the performance she couldn’t believe that she had won. Her solo meant a lot to her and she was honoured to be able to tell her story on stage in front of an audience. The EZ Twins said they enjoyed her choreography the most because she “connected to the music on an emotional level.”
It is important to have events like this as it provides a platform for anyone to share their work and also gives people who are not studying Dance at BRIT to perform in a dance show. IGNITE 2016 was a success and I am excited to watch next years show.
By Camay-Milan Maslona and Phoebe Isted
Tickets are now on sale for OPEN INVITATION on Wednesday 14 December.