Young talent shone in this Beyond Words production

Last weekend saw Hastings School Of Contemporary Dance take centre stage for Beyond Words. This annual presentation provided an evening of creative contemporary dance, the first under direction of Francesca Grando.

Hastings School of Contemporary Dance annual show at the Stables
Hastings School of Contemporary Dance annual show at the Stables

Performed by students aged 11-19 year olds, it was an eclectic mix of impressive group pieces choreographed by Francesca as well as the students own work. Francesca commented: “I’m so impressed with the students dedication and creativity. It resulted in some first class performances which I hope the audiences enjoyed. Contemporary dance is often about interpretation and expression, which was such a wonderful way to see young people communicate on stage. The students have made my first year as artistic director really fun.”

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Based in Old Town, HSCD is non-competitive, which Francesca says is important to both students and the teachers: “In doing this we can teach the correct technique at the students own pace, creating a relaxing and fun environment. All our teachers are fully qualified to ensure we deliver safe practise.”

Classes cover ages 4-19 years. Contemporary lessons are the main focus, but the school also offers ballet to enrich students development and also holds classes for adults. For information email to [email protected]