ALVA Academy held their annual dance show recently as they bid an emotional farewell to a large group of their senior dancers.

On Thursday, June 20, parents and carers packed into the school's auditorium before witnessing three-hours of high-quality entertainment with an array of raw talent on display.

The crowd was treated to no less than 38 routines which were superbly choreographed by the dance academy's four teachers – Miss McKnight, Miss Melville, Miss Kennedy and Miss Abernethy – and the pupils themselves.

A dance teacher in the academy told the Advertiser that the show was a massive success with parents being given the chance to see routines which earned the pupils awards at national competitions.

She said: "The Alva Dance Show was a huge success and gave parents and carers a good insight into what the dancers have been doing over the course of the year.

"This year's show saw a high number of routines, from the Rock Challenge performance to the teachers dressing up and dancing as the Spice Girls.

"Dance is a huge part of some of our dancers' schooling as they can be creative, work as part of a team and lead others while being active. It's great to see dance as part of Alva's curriculum at both National 5 and Higher."

At the end of the show some of the dancers were given awards which had been voted for by the rest of their year group before the teachers were handed bouquets of flowers by the pupils, too.

There were a number of emotional moments in the show as the senior leavers handed over their captaincies and blazers to the new crop who will take their place.

The 10 leavers were given a special tribute by the teacher, who said: "It was sad to say bye to our senior dancers who have been with us since S1.

"They have developed into fantastic young women who have a flare for dancing and performing. We hope they keep dancing as it would be a legacy to Alva Dance.

"It was a great end to a fantastic year, and the dance teachers would like to thank all dancers for their continuous hard work and efforts."

Guests were also invited to buy raffle tickets, with all proceeds going straight back into the dance academy as they target further success in the coming years.

Despite this success, the staff won't rest on their laurels as they already look ahead to next year.