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Review: Curtain Call (by Broadway Dance Society), The Gate

Last week the Broadway Dance Society performed their annual showcase, featuring popular musicals like Wicked, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliott, and The Lord of the Rings. Vaiva Seskeviciute reviews the students’ powerful performance

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Broadway Dance Society performed “Curtain Call” last Saturday at The Gate Arts Centre where viewers could enjoy tap, jazz, ballet, Irish, American high-kick and contemporary dance. During the two-hour show the audience was taken to various places – from jungle to cabaret.

The venue felt like home for a dance show; its capacity entirely balanced intimacy and gathering. The viewers were delighted with the impressive costumes and familiar melodies from world-famous musicals like The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Wicked, Mary Poppins and Singin’ in the Rain.

Some very good dance numbers were presented by the Broadway Dance Society. The most memorable ones included The Circle of Life, Nine to Five, All That Jazz, Deadwood Stage, Angry Dance, Memory, Defying Gravity, The Road Goes On, The Desertion and PYT.

A good balance was kept between lyric and very powerful performances during the show. However, 35 separate dance acts seemed to be a bit too much to keep the audience focused all the time.

The last dance, performed by all members of the society, was radiant with joy. If some dancers seemed to be a little bit nervous during the show, the finale was their time to relax. Colours, clattering dancers’ shoes, loud melodies and happy faces made a very good end leaving both participants and viewers satisfied.

Despite some technical issues, half an hour late start and a few not completely polished performances, Broadway Dance Society has done a good job – here’s hoping it’ll be continued next year.

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