Glamour, glitz and razzamatazz at OHS Dance Show 2020

Oban High School coaches threw themselves into a dance through the decades.

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More than 200 pupils and staff took part in the annual Oban High School Dance Show at the Corran Halls last week.

Entitled Shuffle, this year’s performance featured a mix of music and dance styles with Oban High School Pipe Band providing the traditional opening with the help of more than 30 Highland dancers from all the local dancing schools performing a Highland fling.

Now in its 13th year, the show is a highlight on the Oban music and dance calendar with packed audiences enjoying two evening performances and a matinee. The community and primary schools supported the show in exceptionally high numbers.

PE teacher Denise Gemmell, who helped organised the show, said: ‘The pupils from Oban High School have been fantastic.

‘They practice so hard, they are dedicated and give up so much of their time rehearsing for the show.

‘Even though there are hundreds taking part, they make it very easy with their excellent attitudes and preparation.

‘We are very proud of them all and love to see them grow in confidence and enjoy performing so much on stage.

‘Oban High School would like to thank sincerely parents and the wider community for their massive support once again.’

Twenty-six senior dance and gymnastics leaders have been working since June, choreographing routines for younger year groups which form the backbone to the whole show.

In the case of Shuffle, senior leaders came up with some great concepts for their dances and a range of styles including hip hop, Highland, commercial and musical theatre.

For the second year running, S6 pupil Ella MacKechnie taught a P6/7 dance class giving pupils from Dalmally, Taynuilt, Kilninver, Park, St Columba’s and Rockfield primaries an opportunity to mix and come into the high school.

Overseen by PE teacher Cara Potts, the OHS gymnastics squad created a high energy routine with precarious balances and numerous back-flips that had the audience on the edge of their seats.

Oban High School of Dance, in collaboration with Ballet West teachers Maggie Clunie and Katherine Blythe, also took part in the show.

Ballet West Lower School also performed on Wednesday night in between Swan Lake performances and rehearsals all over Scotland.

Helen Sloan worked with three groups this year, performing three very different numbers. There was an Annie-themed piece from a group of S1 pupils, a burlesque number from senior pupils and an exceptional dance duet from senior pupils Sarah Cameron and Matthew Houston.

Amanda Sloss and the Ballet West outreach group performed three outstanding dances. Their polished pieces had glitz and glamour, adding to the great variety in the show.

The dance show always provides dances with entertainment value and the staff dance and the sports coaches dance certainly provided that. The staff strutted their stuff to Raining Men and the coaches, who came up with the theme for the show, had their own mix of tunes from various decades.  Sports coach Cameron Brady owned the stage as Rick Astley and Kenni Gray didn’t let being on crutches stop him from getting his chance to perform.