1-5 March 2016
Reviewed by Katrina Gelderbloem
1200 dancers, 45 groups, 5 nights, 1 stage – Go Dance 16, Scotland’s biggest and best festival of community dance, was certainly not to be missed!
I attended the Wednesday night performance of the 5 nights, each night a different set of performances (I would have loved to attend all 5 nights had I known what to expect). The wonderfully lavish theatre had a stunning open feel in the entrance and bar area along with memorabilia dotted around the building. The ornate finishes and gold and rich velvet seating and lavish carpet certainly gave it a night out to remember.
I attended with my 5 year old daughter, and she certainly wasn’t out of place with all the other wide eyes girls watching too. Watching an array of performances and some tear jerking ones from right2dance Junior Company – Paisley and Indepen-dance – Bridgegate, Glasgow who include all abilities and special needs into their companies, which was close to my heart having an Autistic non-verbal son.
All ages, abilities, genres performed from Glasgow Keep Fit Dance Club – Pan’s Pensioners – Hyndland, to Indepen-dance young 1’s -Bridgegate, Glasgow.
My daughter commented on the “shoes that make you stand on your toes” from the Linda Lowry School of Ballet – Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire and Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange Project – Tramway, Glasgow.
Linked together by a great commentator some up to minute dance moves certainly got us clapping along from Dance OFF Academy – Clydebank and Gillian Whyte’s Dans-scene Company – Johnstone, Renfrewshire. Glasgow and ending the show with fun and laughter from Urbaniks – Balloch, Milngavie & Glasgow West College Scotland – Paisley English Camping experience!!
5 out of 5 for entertainment from local companies and another stunning Glasgow Theatre. I certainly will be attending next year.
Tickets cost from £12.25 to £14.25 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Go Dance 16 is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 5 March 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647