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#NottinghamNinjas – Take a bow!

Posted by on 3 November 2014

So this evening was the final rehearsal and session for #NottinghamNinjas with Ruthba and myself, Rebekah. (Sad face)

We started with our usual warm up! Running around the NuProjeks space smiling, laughing and crashing into one another. The #NottinghamNinjas looked happy and comfortable with one another in this new group project! Most came as individuals and going to leave with great friends.

notts2After getting them all warm and sweaty we moved to the rehearsal of the piece ! The anticipated wait in the first position; head down, feet together (no fidgeting, Ruthba shouts) every time!!
The music starts… The piece begins… Strong focus from all dancers… Arms are strong… The animal characters come alive… The scream of the kata ‘kiai’ from each and every #NottinghamNinja… Puts a smile on my face as it shows the kids are happy and determined !
They get to the last section – The Showdown – The battle! Trying to keep straight faces as they battle but still laugh at each- it’s all fun and jokes and I’m glad they are working hard but showing the fun factor!
The last comical section comes up and they’re all geared up, energy still going! They laugh and finish the piece in total silence focused; head down and feet together.

Ruthba and I, clap and praise the #NottinghamNinjas! All smiles the Ninjas jump up and down knowing full well they have achieved ALOT over the sessions. They feel pumped and want to go again…
I walk out the room to return with a special guest… Frankie J!!! (TheFive cast member!)
I had arranged and Frankie agreed to come down to watch the #NottinghamNinjas last rehearsal to encourage and give them the last bits of feedback!

notts4All shocked, within seconds one ninja asked for a photo!!
They ask him to show them his dancing, asking him to freestyle bugging him to join in.
The Ninjas are starstruck!
A Ninjas spoke up ‘can you dance first so you can inspire us to perform better after’
WOW Frankie J’s smile, he’s overwhelmed- shuffles his iPod and gets to sharing a top house dance freestyle! Technical footwork, on point musicality and performance factor that had every Ninja smiling, clapping and Woo’in!
The Ninjas are now amped to share their piece!
Heads down, feet together…
Music begins
Chop, kiai, Hip Hop and Roll
Heads down, feet together!

notts5Frankie J smiles from ear to ear and claps for the #NottinghamNinjas

The feedback and feelings of this moment were beyond words…

Well done Nottingham Ninjas and Thank you !

Written by Rebekah Roberts; EDN artist Nottingham