A couple of weeks before our own big night the company got the opportunity to see how the professionals do it.

What a treat to see how everything fits together – the music, the stage, the costumes, the scenery and of course the dancers and the story they were telling. The music is so familiar to everyone now that company members were often distracted by the realisation that this was where their part would be. The gasps of amazement when the clock separated must have been audible for much of the audience nearby.

The excitement slowly gave way to apprehension for some of the young people for whom sitting in the audience and looking around at the amount of people in the theatre brought home how scary performance night will be.

Adding to the excitement on the night was the special treat of meeting David Bintley who met with the company to give words of encouragement. The young people are very appreciative of his support.