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On Friday 14th October, Moorland Ballet Academy were invited to open the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Spooktacular Ball, hosted at The Crow Wood Hotel in Burnley. A fun filled evening of glitz, ghouls and glamour, kicked off with a surprise performance from Moorland Ballet Academy students.
On Friday evening, guests were welcomed onto the red carpet at the transformed Crow Wood Hotel & Spa in Burnley, to a warm reception at the annual East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Ball. This year, guests chose between the themes of ‘dress to impress’ and Halloween inspired fancy dress.
Once all the guests had arrived, Simon Brierly, the Membership Director of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and former BBC radio presenter welcomed all into the hall where the nights itinerary would unravel over the next few hours.
The Moorland Sixth Form students opened the evening of business networking with a surprise Vampire Dracula performance, choreographed by Moorland Ballet Academy Director, Simon Kidd. The dance was specially created and influenced to enhance the dramatic Spooktacular theme.
Unlike their usual theatre environment, the students were able to use the space to create an immersive and interactive performance, engaging with the audience, who were unaware that this performance would be taking place.
Sixth Form student, Niamh Alvey said, “It was a very exciting opportunity and a real chance to immerse myself into an interesting character. As it’s not in a typical theatre setting, it was fun to interact with the audience and see their reactions to my movement and expression. I was able to use my strong ballet training to play a powerful Vampire Bride and really enjoyed the performance opportunities I’ve been able to access throughout my training at Moorland Ballet Academy.”
The performance was well received by guests who reacted with applause and cheers once the dance had ended. After weeks of rehearsals, the students delivered a beautiful performance with Simon Kidd adding, “the students were incredibly focussed throughout the evening and have done both the Academy and Moorland very proud.”
As the evening’s entertainment progressed, Moorland’s Ballet students were excited to watch a performance delivered by their friends from Burnley College, who were invited to open the disco later that evening.
Debbi Dawson, Events Manager at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said “A huge thank you to Moorland Ballet Academy for supporting this year’s Chamber Spooktacular Ball and for playing a key role in making the event the resounding success it was. Your students’ ballet performance was simply breathtaking and the feedback has been truly overwhelming. I know how hard you and your students have worked on this and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all your hard work. I hope you all enjoyed the experience as much as we did.”
Moorland Ballet Academy staff encourage self-discovery and unique artistic development to implement professionalism and respect within their students.
For more information on Moorland Private School and Moorland Ballet Academy, please visit the website https://moorlandschool.co.uk, or alternatively please contact the school directly on telephone number (01200) 423833.