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Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Patrick Gill and Chloe Howarth

Classical Ballet has been a long standing tradition for KS Dance since the school originated. With Productions going back over 30 years, it has always been a goal of Kate Simmons to go bigger and better every year. Don Quixote was no exception.

Reflecting on productions over the past 10 years we have had live orchestras, special FX, guest artists and Premiere creations from Kate such as; The King and Mrs Simpson, which had a brand new score composed for it which was subsequently played live by Soundscape Orchestra. However, Don Quixote presented a whole new challenge. Adapting one of the world’s flashiest and most loved Ballets for a group of talented students and cramming it into a jam packed programme to display and entertain the audiences that came to see the School perform.

On reflection… One of our most successful productions ever. Two Couples and two sets of corps de ballet pulling off the spectacle in one week. One of the proudest weekends at The Brindley Theatre we have ever known. Choreography by Kate Simmons and Gillian Hurst and a new story on display, which was developed from an original suggestion by our School Patron, David Lloyd, complimented the traditional Variations.


Don Quixote Ballet

Ella-Louise Appleby and Bleiddian Bazzard

The evening displayed character, entertainment and power. KS Dance is extremely proud of the Upper School for performing with professionalism. We wish Graduates the best as they continue to pursue auditions for major Ballet Companies and Theatre Productions around the World.

Allegrodance Touring Productions closing weeks before Don Quixote taking to the stage, Students took to rehearsal of Showcase with dedication. Our Students maintained their regular Conditioning and Fitness sessions as well as learning and rehearsing choreography daily. Our Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre displays contained exceptional choreography from our world class Teachers: Tracey Baxter, Emma Briggs and Tracey Moss.

Thank You to all of our audiences for making the trip to see our Annual production. We hope that any new visitors to our shows are encouraged to pursue training with KS Dance in order to realise their dream.

Our website is soon to publish our reflection on The Kingdom of Narnia and Ballerina in Danger. (Kate Simmons Dance Lower School).

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