Dancers put on a show at Warrington Collegiate’s annual Choreography Competition

Dancers at Warrington Collegiate put on a show for future students this month as part of their annual choreography competition.

After months of planning and rehearsing, students performed two pieces in the style of urban and contemporary dance, which they created from scratch themselves.

Winning the competition for her contemporary piece was 17-year-old Hannah Pinnington. Her urban dance came third.

Coming second with his contemporary piece was 18-year-old Daniel Appleton.

While the competition – held for the sixth year in a row – was just that, students worked together to perform each other’s work, with a panel of industry professions judging the best choreographed piece.

Hannah said: “Being able to showcase our own work was fantastic. Because we choreographed the whole thing ourselves, we felt like we had a lot of freedom and could go out there and do our own thing.”

Daniel said: “It was great to be able to show everyone what we have been working so hard on – we spent close to three months rehearsing for the competition after choreographing two dances each.

“Because we helped each other and performed each dance as a group, it felt like it was a joint victory.”

Rachael Nelson, Lecturer in Creative Performing Arts at Warrington Collegiate, said she was immensely proud of her students and the dedication they showed both in the lead up to the competition and during it.

She said: “I thought they were all absolutely incredible and I would have had great difficulty if I was judging them – they were all brilliant.

“They all acted so professionally and ran the entire show themselves – there was no one back stage to help them, it was all them.”

Warrington Collegiate also opened its doors to budding young dancers ahead of the Choreography Competition with a free dance workshop.

The workshop, for Year 10 and Year 11 students, gave them the chance to speak to the College’s dance group, Company Boom, who performed at the Lowry in Salford in March.