SUNDERLAND students help spread festive cheer to visitors at Beamish.
Nine second year students performed throughout the day to celebrate the time of year with classic Charles Dickens’s tale A Christmas Carol and to show off their dancing skills as part of their course.
The dance was split into three parts to represent the spirits who visit Ebenezer Scrooge – the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Firstly they depicted childhood, happiness and memories, then generosity, goodwill and celebration, before finally fear, sadness and repentance in a 10-minute set.
The piece was a mixture of traditional Victorian dances and was performed in the Museum’s Masonic Hall at regular intervals throughout the day.
Sarah Riach, a dance lecturer at the university and project manager of DUSC Dance Company, said: “We’ve had visitors from Beamish Museum throughout the day asking what we’re doing and why, as well as discussions about their memories of dancing. It’s been brilliant.
“With it being so near to Christmas, it makes sense to choreograph traditional dances with a festive production and it works perfectly.”