Between November 1 and 3, the Carlos do Carmo auditorium in Lagoa was filled with 400 dancers from across Portugal, as well as Spain, Latvia and the UK to compete at the Algarve Dance Open.
The Western Algarve was well represented by Sobre Artes-Escola de Dança of Praia da Luz which brought 17 choreographies in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acrodance, Modern/Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
They danced and sang their hearts out, walking home with an impressive number of medals: four gold medals, eight silvers and two bronze.
This ranged from the small seven-year-olds’ solos up to the pre-professional older students. In addition, Annika Thomas was awarded a summer scholarship to attend the Northern Ballet School in Manchester and was invited to the recall auditions for the Urdang Academy Degree Programme in London.
The team was made up of Annika Thomas, Nicole Fagan, Lisa Brown, Sierra Sprong, Lucas Dreger Gilbert, Tova Sproston, Ellaouise Harding, Pearl Baker, Mila Holmes and Ariana Sprong, and all dances were choreographed by Nicola Thomas.
For many of these children, it was their first competition with some only joining the school in September.
If you want to catch any of these performances, the Sobre-Artes Christmas Show will be on December 14 at 6pm (venue to be announced).
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