Since September 2019 the students and teachers of Centre Stage School have been preparing for their annual end-of-year show ‘Footwork 2020’ which features Song, Dance and Musical Theatre. Since March, CSS classes have been conducted online, our students and teachers finding ways to grow and develop skills and talents remotely. The end-of-year show is usually performed in Cork Opera House and is always a whirlwind of energy, fun and practiced performance. This year, due to the Covid restrictions, CSS were unable to hold its beloved show and decided to put together an online showcase which could be viewed by the students, teachers, families and friends of all involved. ‘Footwork 2020’ was broadcast on Youtube at 7pm last Sunday 17th May (the day the school was meant to perform in Cork Opera House). Featuring footage of company dancers in competition, home recordings of solo singers and musicians, a performance from members of our Pop Ensemble choir, as well as a remote recording from the Singing Teachers, performances by the Senior Musical Theatre classes, and a special family rendition by Mags, Shane and Amy O’Riordan. Introduced by Aideen McAuliffe and compered by Danny Buckley, the show also featured the announcement of ‘Student of the Year’ to Luke Walsh, and a fabulously edited flash mob with some of CSS’s younger performers, led by Dance Captain Katie Gallagher and her brother Eoghan. Dance teacher and choregrapher David O'Connor presented 'We've got your back' awards (named after the motto that has become so important to the CSS family) for individual achievements during the lockdown. These include 'Crazy Creative Champions' award, which went to Nataly and Tereza Krisova, the 'Dizzy Dancer' award for Olivia Chaber, the 'You can't stop my smile' award for Clodagh O'Keeffe and the 'Funny and Fabulous Family' award to the Manleys. This is a very special show, and CSS would like to thank all the teachers, performers and contributors who helped put together this celebration of what we are – a community of people who love the Performing Arts, and who won’t allow physical distance to get in the way of sharing the joy of performance. We wish all of our students and their parents a lovely summer, filled with music, song and dance. To watch our beloved 'Footwork 2020' click here. Until we meet again, take care of yourselves!