More than 100 young dancers of The British Academy of International Arts (BAIA) enjoyed enormous success giving back-to-back performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, alongside a magical world of modern fairytales told through the form of tap, contemporary, jazz and modern dance at a spectacular Dance Gala held on Saturday, 4 February.
Directed and choreographed by Ms. Alley Hunter and Ms. Claire Findlay the students from Grade 1 to Grade 8 excelled in bringing this timeless story to life. Extraordinary, graceful, and diverse dance moves, combined with theatrical lighting, traditional and popular musical selections, lavish costumes and haunting images, created an unforgettable and heartfelt experience for all present.
Act 1 opened with famous fairytales getting a modern adaptation and turning familiarity into fun. From Pinocchio to Aladdin, to Peter Pan and The Snow Queen, the Company Class let the way as the audience became immersed in the world of make believe.
Act 2 opened with Leah Medroa in the role of Clara soon to be joined by Grade 5 Ballet with the unforgettable Waltz of the Flowers, Naomi Pereira with the Spanish Dance, Maria Awaraji and Teji Wang with a Chinese Dance and the climax of the performance when all 15 Grade 6, 7 and 8 Pointe Class introduced the Pas De Deux from Louis Barras Hargan and Maria Awaraji. Truly breathtaking was the vision of colour and dance as the Year 3 Snowflakes and the Year 2 Kingdom of the Sweets swept the audience away on a journey of fantastical dreams.
BAIA can be rightly proud of performing a full scale ballet and setting the artistic world alight in Kuwait.