It was the Leisure Centre in Fraserburgh on a fine Saturday in April.
But from Hollywood to Bollywood this musical journey wasn’t ‘Just Dance’ but rather a ‘Boogie Wonderland’!
In fact ‘I Gotta Feeling’ we experienced a real ‘Thriller’. No, definitely no hint of ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ but instead the girls were ‘Spinning Around’, ‘Born to Hand Jive’ and there was certainly no need to ‘Shout’ ‘Everybody Dance Now’.
It was more a question of ‘Be My Guest’ as ‘Commander’, Stephen, declared ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ so ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ right to the ‘Last Dance’.
Have you guessed yet that these were just some of the 30 song titles which Stephen Summers had chosen and brilliantly choreographed to weave into the fantastic routines which the dancers from his 6.10 Dance Academy learned and rehearsed throughout the day as part of a fundraising dance-a-thon effort on behalf of the local Fraserburgh Committee of ‘We are Macmillan Cancer Support’.
Never let it be said that there is nothing to do in our community or that today’s youngsters don’t get involved in anything!
Following Stephen’s inspirational, professional planning and lead, plus the able support of his older helpers Ashleigh Chapman, Katrina Clark, Rachel Gordon, Rachel Gordon, Jordan Grant, Siobhan Matthew and Melissa Wallace, the 32 young participants, aged 10 and over, showed real enthusiasm and energy throughout their five hours of practice during the day.
They then consolidated their efforts by performing from 4pm to 4.30pm to an audience of parents, friends and supporters, which proved to be an unqualified success.
Adjectives like fabulous, fast, fluid, sizzling or sensational perhaps don’t convey just how vibrant the whole presentation actually was and all present - dancers and spectators alike - were most certainly left breathless and speechless!
Although it is still too early to know exactly how much Stephen and his dancers have raised for Macmillan, it is already confirmed that their efforts have attracted a phenomenal sum in excess of £1,000 for the charity.
The local Macmillan committee would like to thank not only Stephen Summers and his dancers but also to all those who so generously sponsored them.
Sincere thanks also to Dennis Gordon Electrical who provided bottled water for the participants and to Sheena MacKenzie at Kangaroo Media who designed and produced the colourful lapel stickers for the dancers.
Thanks also go those who attempted to find out the name of the Macmillan Easter Bunny in its Easter basket and congratulations to winner Mrs Y. McRobbie who had chosen correctly “Eve”.