Woking Festival of Dance 2017
Sunday 15th - Saturday 28th January 2017
Miss Tanya Allen LRAD ARAD FISTD PGCA, Miss Jennifer Haley ARAD FNATD PGCA, and Mr Geoff Lucas ALCM FBATD
No matter how you look at it, our 2017 Festival was a real record breaker! We had the largest number of entries we’ve ever had and had to close our entry process nearly two weeks early, due to the unprecedented demand. We had the largest number of dances we’ve ever had, we had the largest number of dancers ever and we had the largest number of groups ever. We had record sales of tickets at front of house, we had some pretty late finishes as well, we had three adjudicators and we still couldn’t fit our Starcatcher and Starlets competitions into the fortnight, so, all in all, it was a mega event!
None of this would be possible without a very great deal of hard work and commitment from a large number of people throughout the year. Dancers and teachers who work so hard to choreograph and learn new routines; mums and dads who are so committed to the support of their dancing children, not only during the Festival fortnight, but throughout the year as well as over an extended number of years. To you all we say a huge and heartfelt “Thank You”.
Thank you too, to our adjudicators this year, to Miss Jennifer Hayley, Miss Tanya Allen and Mr Geoff Lucas for your kind words of encouragement and wisdom, which were so very much appreciated by the dancers who, we’re sure, will carry those comments with them into the next stages of the All England competition and improve their performances going forward.
We also thank our audiences for their very valuable contribution to the Festival, not only in the buying of tickets, but by being there to support the dancers and being such an appreciative and enthusiastic audience, helping to create the true theatrical experience that the Rhoda McGaw engenders.
Finally, our most grateful thanks go our wonderful volunteers who work such long hours to ensure that everything runs smoothly backstage, running the music up and down stairs to the sound box, keeping the backstage areas and wings in good order and ensuring that the dancers get to the stage at the right time, announcing the dancers on stage, keeping the music playing from the sound box and the keeping the whole Festival crew supported with food, tea, coffee, cakes and other vital supplies.
In hoping to see you all back again next year, we take this opportunity to wish all those dancers who obtained qualifying marks with us at Woking the very best of good fortune in the regional and national finals – break a leg guys!