Dance World Cup Competition 2010
5 October 2010
Paddy Hurlings reports from Sardinia
As reported in the last issue of DANCE [issue 452], the three winners of the Marjorie Davies Tap Awards were given the opportunity to enter the Dance World Cup Competition held this year in Sardinia. Each of the dancers, Shannon Spry (Deborah Norris, Centre Pointe), Erica Jayne Alden (Janet Marshall) and Naoimh Morgan (Anne Marie Morgan) were invited to compete in two solo sections.
These dancers, joined by pupils from Jean Marks and the Glennie School, were very successful as a UK team and a great credit to their ISTD teachers. Their considerable achievements in the two age groups they entered included overall winners of both the Tap sections and overall winners of the Modern, Song and Dance and National sections.
I was invited to attend the Gala evening, held in the spectacular Porto Rotondo Amphitheatre in Olbia. The finalists were Gold Medal winners selected from the 934 performers who had taken part in the competition. 22 were represented in the Gala with dancers from all over Europe, Japan, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia, Canada and many others. The atmosphere was electric with thunderous applause for each of the competitors, the event generated a team spirit which was worthy of an Olympic movement.
There were many outstanding performances in all the different dance genres and particularly notable were a number of the Classical Ballet and Contemporary solo dances and I especially liked the final section of the Gala which included many different Folk groups from around the world.
The four Adjudicators, Susanna Beltrami (Italy), Santu Mamona (Belgium), Ashen Ataljanc (Serbia) and Marc Aurelio (Spain) gave awards which were fairly based on a combination of technique and artistry. In addition Ashen and Marc gave superb demonstrations of Contemporary and Spanish dance which enthralled everybody present.
John Grimshaw was an excellent host and during our many conversations he told me that the mission of the DWC organizers was not only to provide a platform for dancers to compete in the competition but to give them the opportunity to meet and mix with performers from around the world. John generously extended an invitation for me to attend the 2011 Dance World Cup Competition which will be held in Disneyland Paris.
Photo shows the UK team in Sardinia with Anne Tyrer