VIDEO: Dancers joy in first show at Doncaster’s £22m venue

It was cheers all round as one of Doncaster’s oldest dance schools performed for the first time in the borough’s new £22 million theatre.

Dancers from Jackie Everton Dance and Stage School delighted the sell out crowd at Cast.

Jackie Everton School of Dance performance at Cast.  L/r Maddison Lownds (10), Grace Tingay (eight), Ellie Wynn (10), Lacie Welsh (nine), Poppy Wild (nine) and Amy Walton (nine).   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Jackie Everton School of Dance performance at Cast. L/r Maddison Lownds (10), Grace Tingay (eight), Ellie Wynn (10), Lacie Welsh (nine), Poppy Wild (nine) and Amy Walton (nine). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

It was a first for the dance school that has been running for more than 25 years.

Young people aged from two to 27 took part in the show at the state-of-the-art new venue.

Speaking before the performance on Saturday, Principal Jackie Everton said: “We have children from the age of two right up to our adult tap group taking part, there’s about 80 pupils performing all together.

“They’re very excited because it’s the first time we have appeared in the new theatre.

“We’ve done many shows at the old Civic Theatre for about 17 years or so now, so this is a brand new venue and a new beginning and the kids are very excited.

“The venue is very impressive and all the parents are excited to see the show - the children have been working so hard.”

The colourful show kicked off with an energetic Oklahoma number in the Second Space at Cast.

And the youngest dancers wowed proud parents as they took to the stage to dance around with the Tweenies.

The dance school is hoping this will be the first of many shows at Cast.

The building replaces Doncaster Civic Theatre.

Cast forms the centrepiece of Doncaster’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter that was unveiled with an all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza.

The building boasts a 600-seat main auditorium as well as other performance spaces.

Stars including Pop Idol star Gareth Gates and folk sensation Kate Rusby have already taken to the stage at Cast, and in the coming months comedians Russell Kane and Norman Lovett will also take to the stage.

To see a video of the Jackie Everton Dance and Stage school performing at Cast visit www.thestar.co.uk

To find out more about upcoming shows at Cast visit Cast in Doncaster