Festival of Dance begins today at Beau Sejour with 702 entrants

TODAY the much-anticipated 44th Guernsey Festival of Dance begins at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre.

The Guernsey Festival of Dance 2021 begins today. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29124554)
The Guernsey Festival of Dance 2021 begins today. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29124554)

Organised by the festival’s not-for-profit committee volunteers, all surplus funds once the festival ends will be donated to a charity which supports children.

Ranging from pre-schoolers to 20-year-olds there are 702 dancers taking part from across the dance schools.

‘This year there are only Guernsey students, as Jersey students are unable to come over,’ said committee member Ann Good.

‘It’s actually turned into a bigger project with just Guernsey students.’

Roughly 680 classes are going ahead, with 44 trophies up for grabs.

‘There are no new classes, but we have divided modern into contemporary and jazz, and duets and trios have been split into classical and theatre which has made for more entries. Everything is in place, we’ve been arranging what needs doing. All the dance schools have had a practice on the stage, so it’s getting a lick of paint because it got scuffed.’

Saturday night will see 206 dancers in one session.

Committee member Jane Smith said: ‘Within, there are 14 classes, so as a consequence those tickets are like gold dust. Wednesday and Thursday morning, and Wednesday evening there are still a few tickets left.’

Visiting adjudicator and professional dancer Jill Redford has returned, having judged the 2019 event.

Treasurer Terri Domaille said: ‘Jill has been here for over a fortnight in isolation, and thankfully had all her tests come back negative. She had a big treat having her hair done as she hasn’t been able to for a year. She has had a lovely place to isolate in too, La Grande Mare offered her room at a reduced rate and Ravenscroft sponsored the cost. We are extremely grateful. Entry fees and tickets usually cover the cost – we have never had adjudicator accommodation sponsored before.’

Last year’s festival in Jersey was cancelled. A chosen charity has yet to be decided, but the donation will be made once figures are in.

Visit: guernseytickets.gg/ to buy tickets.

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