On 21st March, Pasha Kovalev winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, returned to the Redditch Palace Theatre with his BRAND NEW show ‘The Magic of Hollywood’.
After the huge success of his tours ‘Life Through Dance’, ‘It’s All About You’ and ‘Let’s Dance The Night Away’ over the last few years, Pasha was joined again by his spectacular dancers in an evening of LIVE SINGING, DANCE, HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR AND FUN.
This amazing new show, created by Pasha and his long time dance partner Anya Garnis, was jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha took to the stage with his sensational dancers and they performed ‘Oscar worthy performances’ all set to a Hollywood theme….
In every theatre, Pasha invites a local dance school to perform on stage with him and some of our Studley High School pupils Georgia Fisher, Beth Hemming, Eve Matthews, Lawren Thornewell, Isabel Matthews, Erin Brown and former pupils Anna Bray, who are part of Starlight School of Dance, were chosen to appear on stage again this year. It was an incredible opportunity to showcase amazing young talented dancers as a part of Pasha’s show ‘The Magic of Hollywood’.
Beth Hemmings (Year 8) has been dancing with Starlight School of Dance in Redditch since she was 3 years old.
This led to yearly pantomime performances in which she played both chorus and principal parts. It also lead to successfully entering many dance and performance competitions. Beth now learns ballet, tap, musical theatre and theatre craft.
This year Beth returned to Astwood Bank Operation Society as a dancer, to perform in ‘Carousel’ at the Redditch Palace Theatre and also one of Mr Snow’s children where she showed her dancing, singing and performing talents.
She was asked to dance alongside qualified adult dancers and part of the routine included a solo piece choreographed specifically for her. The rehearsals were weekly with additional ones nearer the opening of the show. She starred in 5 performance and these received excellent reviews by the critics in the papers including NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association, who were so impressed with the standard of her performance that on behalf of the Society, the Mayor of Redditch awarded Beth the ‘Ken and Mary Dyer Award’ and was the youngest person ever to receive this.
Beth was also part of a troupe of Starlight pupils to perform with Pasha and Anya at the Redditch Palace Theatre. Following a successful audition, they attended the weekly rehearsal. The choreography was challenging but the pupils rose to the challenge and provided an excellent, polished performance. They have previously performed with Pasha and they were so impressed that they have approached the dance school again this year. They are due to perform again in May, in Solihull.
Her mother, Hayley told us:
These activities have made a positive influence on both confidence and resilience and this has been evident over the years.
We congratulate Beth on her rise to fame and wish her continued success for her upcoming performances.