St Benedict’s dance show makes welcome return

More than 100 pupils took part in the dance show, returning to the live arena after virtual performances earlier in the pandemic

A London coeducational school has staged a spectacular dance show for parents, staff and students.

More than 100 pupils at St Benedict’s Catholic school took part in the 17-18 March event, all performing dances based on the theme of myths and legends.

Pixies, goblins, werewolves and leprechauns of all ages took to the stage, with participants ranging from the youngest members of junior school all the way through to sixth formers.

Other legendary figures included Athena, Hercules, Queen Midas, King Arthur, and Medusa, dancing a variety of styles – such as ballet, jazz, and tap – in routines choreographed and directed by head of dance at the Ealing school, Ruth Kestenbaum, and dance teacher, Christopher Aguilar.

More than 100 pupils at St Benedict’s Catholic school took part in the 17-18 March event


Current members of the school were joined in the production by a pair of alumnae. Coralie Payne only began a four-year diploma at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy in September, before having to suspend her studies following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Her return meant that attendees were treated to an “exquisite” ballet solo.

Charlotte McCann, meanwhile, took time out from reading English Literature at Durham University to choreograph and perform ‘Inception’, a lyric solo exploring time and space.

This year’s dance show marked a welcome return to the live arena, with pupils having recently been forced to film routines for online consumption in the wake of the pandemic.

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