Dancers herald in the Olympics

Sunderland University dancers.

Sunderland University dancers.

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DANCERS are tripping the light fantastic with an Olympic-themed show.

The DUSC Dance Company, made up of 24 students from Sunderland University, will be touring the North of England with their dance piece called Citius-Altius-Fortius, which is the Olympic motto and Latin for faster, higher, stronger.

The show involves students of performing arts, combined studies and dance.

The dance company was set up as part of a course module, which requires the students to take on stage roles and perform.

Holly Liversidge, one of the performers, said: “The dance piece we are touring with is a contemporary one and about 70 minutes long and is about the 2012 Olympics.”

The first performance, which is free to the public, was at the university’s Priestman Building today, at 2pm. The troupe then heads off to Leeds for the tour.

After all the hard work, the dancers are now looking forward to taking to the stage to perform for audiences.

Dancer Leanne Clark said: “I’ve learnt loads during rehearsals for our piece, but most of all how hard it is on the body to perform at such a high standard for a long length of time and what is needed to be able to achieve that.

“I’m really looking forward to showing the hard work we’ve all put into the dance to get it right. I think the theme is extremely fitting for this year and hopefully our dance piece will get people excited for the summer events.”

Fellow dancer Emma Beswick said: “2012 is a big year for sport and especially the Olympics. It’s great to be involved in a piece based on this great sporting event and perform throughout the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire.”

Carmen Slevin, another performer, said: “DUSC is a company full of dedicated and hardworking dancers, who put together and create something special and unique. I love working on the tour piece based on the Olympics, something fresh and relevant to 2012 and working with this group of dancers makes all the sweat and hard work worthwhile.”

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