Dancer Steady steps up for Ely master-classes

Steady from Flawless leads a dance masterclass as part of Ely Festival

Steady from Flawless leads a dance masterclass as part of Ely Festival - Credit: Archant

There was nothing steady about a dance master-class held in Ely on Thursday night led by a member of the group Flawless.

The crew who ran band night organised as part of Ely Festival

The crew who ran band night organised as part of Ely Festival - Credit: Archant

Steady, a member of the Britain’s Got Talent winners in 2009, who have also featured in Hollywood films such as Street Dance 3D, put a group of around 15 young people through their paces at the sessions specially organised by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival.

There were two sessions to accommodate people of all abilities held at St Mary’s Hall and organisers were delighted with the take-up.

Nathan Jones, of ADeC, said: “The main idea was to allow local dancers to raise their game and be inspired by a professional expert. There is no specific performance planned as a result of the master-classes but I am sure all the dancers developed their skills and will take things from it to feed into their future work. Most of the participants came from the Funk It Up dance group and it was clear that they thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the sessions.”

Wednesday night saw the Maltings come alive to the sound of a host of local musicians for a band night also organised by ADeC as part of the festival.

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Around 100 attended to hear the talents of Josh Aitken, The Fakers, The Famous Living Dead, Crooked Caesar, Columbia and Once Awake. The performers came from all across the Isle of Ely area including Witchford, Ely, Littleport and Soham.

Josh Aitken opened the show with his mesmerising blend of guitar loops, percussive beats, hip hop raps and even a touch of folk.

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The night was rounded off by the intense and intoxicating hard rock of The Famous Living Dead delivered with passion and precision.

The show was run entirely by the young ADeC Arts Crew who managed the lights, sound, box office, announcements, promotion, stage management and venue layout.

Mr Jones said. “It was a fantastic evening. I was blown away by the quality of the music and the Arts Crew ran the show smoothly and professionally; I’m very proud of all involved. The public response was overwhelmingly positive with calls for other band nights in the future.”

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