The centre piece was Kenneth MacMillan’s ever popular Elite Syncopations, loved by dancers and audience alike. The choreography is pitch perfect; challenging but fun and the 3rd Year Graduate students, dressed in Ian Spurling’s whacky costumes, caught the jazzy rhythm and the mood.
Viola Pantuso, cute as a button, in Stop Time Ragwas expertly partnered by Raffaello Barbieri in Bethena. Olivia Findlay scored in Calliope Ragby adding louche elegance to crisp technique and I loved the charm of Rimi Nakano and Elijah Trevitt in The Golden Hours.
Yuma Matsuura delivered a scintillating Friday Night solo proving his versatility. He also bagged the one solo number of the afternoon, Basilio’s solo from Don Quixote. It was timed to the nano second, sparked by electrifying dynamics while still looking perfectly at ease and with time to spare.