About this time last year I was asked to be the professional photographer at the Radicato’s first showcase named ‘We Are Radicato’.
It was such a honour to be asked and can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous about photography before as rather than just snapping for my own enjoyment, this was the task capturing an incredibly special show for the kids, their parents and teachers involved for them all to keep and treasure so the pressure was on!
Their first showcase was all about showing who they are as a dance company and to showcase all the hard work the children and adults had done in their first year so this was a HUGE responsibility.
The show opened with a number of statements that they felt represented their vision as a dance company.
These included things like;
“I am brave.”
“I am strong.”
“I am an overcomer.”
which came to a close with the statement;
‘We are Radicato’.
Many of the children do not come from stable homes and may have experienced having such positive statements said over them before.
The aim was to get the dancers to know who they are and who they could be.
The show consisted of a number of dance styles and pieces danced by all of their groups including our special needs group and adult class.
For one of their young girls, who had never danced on stage before she had a moment of panic and ran off distressed. To see how the other dancers (and the audience) encouraged her to go back on at do it again was breath taking and summed up who they want to be as a company.
Another girl with learning difficulties has never left her mums side before but ran on stage with dance teachers Kerry & Jess giving her best performance.
It’s those moments money cannot buy and the show was packed out for both performances.
This year their show is Princess themed, as a dance company over the past year they have grown so much!
Kerry and Jess said; “The dancers have matured and really come together as a company, performing at many charity and local events.”
In November they performed in their first ever competition, up against children who have danced for most their childhoods came home with a very proud 2nd place.
As they entered the competition world they wanted to do it ‘Radicato’ way by breaking down barriers and being the positive vibe that isn’t always present at competitions.
Thanks to some very generous people and companies, they are able to take a group of our dancers to Dance in the magic at Disneyland Paris in March 2018!!!!
For many of their dancers who have never been on holiday or abroad this is a once in a lifetime chance for them to perform on a Disney stage, it will be a truly magical experience.
This weekends show ‘Happily ever after’ is their second annual show and will showcase the pieces from the last year from all our groups. The dancers have loved preparing some special Disney pieces for it so be prepared to be blown away! I literally cannot wait!
No one can be ‘too old’ to dream and Radicato hopes the show reigniting peoples imaginations.
To book your tickets please visit; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happily-ever-after-rdc-2018-tickets-39723954417?aff=es2
See you on Saturday!