Hip Hop rhythm hits Highfields

Budding performers of the future are perfecting their Hip Hop moves under the guidance of professionals from an internationally-acclaimed dance company.

A total of 13 students have been chosen to receive professional dance training from ZooNation ahead of a performance called Nursery Rhymez: Remixed, which will be staged at the Grand Theatre.

ZooNation and the theatre have teamed up to offer the outreach dance programme to 12 schools, including Highfields, with the support of an Arts Connect grant.

After perfecting their routine with a professional choreographer from ZooNation, students are now preparing to perform at the historic venue on Wednesday, January 27. A matinee performance will take place at 2pm followed by an evening showcase at 7pm.

Famous nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty, London Bridge and Incy Wincy will be brought to life with a hip hop twist during each school's five-minute dance performance.

Sharon Bishop, Highfields' Head of Performance, said: "This is a really exciting project which gives students a great opportunity to learn from industry professionals.

"They are really loving getting to grips with such a complex routine being taught to them by a fantastic dancer and choreographer. We cannot wait to see them perform on the Grand Theatre stage."

ZooNation judges will be watching the showcase before selecting a number of dancers with stand-out talent to peform in a curtain-raiser routine for the company's dance spectacular Into The Hoods: Remixed at the same venue. The show is on national tour and will be at the Grand Theatre from February 25-27.

ZooNation performers in action: Photographs courtesy of ZooNation



Posted on January 8, 2016 .