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Thatcham Thrives: Diverse dance gala is a showstopper





Ballet, tap, street dance and Bharatanatyam were just some of the dances put on at this year's dance gala at Kennet School.

The show, rebranded as ‘Thatcham Thrives’, is a part of the annual Thatcham Festival and allows a variety of dance schools to showcase their talent.

Following last year's success, this event was more diverse and featured larger groups of dancers with some groups being made up of almost 20 members.

Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala

After each group put on their own performances, they all joined in for a final hurrah before the night was out, in the form of a giant conga line that lasted around six minutes.

“I thought if I am going to go retro why not do a massive conga line,” laughed dance instructor and organiser Sonia Brown.

“We’ve not done that before, last year our finale song was Permission to Dance by BTS.

Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala

“They all came on to share the stage, the audience loved it. There was a great energy.”

The instructor of West Berkshire group, Dance with Sonia Brown, said there was also a noticeable difference in the standard between this year and last.

“You could see the difference, I pushed my dancers now we are better, I could see it," she added.

Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala

The Thatcham resident went on: “This is all about community, it is a friendly event and everyone is so supportive.”

“We also have a community, we have a good community within dance, we have made a dance community of all the schools together.”

Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala
Thatcham Thrives dance gala

She continued: “There really was so much diversity and I think it makes the show feel fast.

“There was so much variety that it made it more interesting and it went faster.”



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