In April 2011, Turning Pointe school of dance proudly presented four performances of our own brand new production of 'Peter Pan the Ballet'.

Peter Pan was a delight
Peter Pan, Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
TURNING Pointe School of Dance can hold its head high, as always, after another flawless production that was a tribute to principal Julia Canneaux and all her associates and helpers.

Peter Pan, staged at the Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill, was a glorious first time musical and dance interpretation of the timeless children’s story of the boy who refused to grow up, and the charm and fascination of J.M.Barrie’s wonderful invention remained undiluted.
More than 150 children and adults took part in the show with dozens of stunning costumes
designed and made again by Miss Canneaux’s equally talented sister, Amanda Fyles, with additional help from parents.
Together Julia and Amanda, both of whom trained at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance, displayed seemingly endless imagination and limitless ability in managing to pull together so many dancers, some very young indeed, into a performance that was a match for any professional offering.
From a gentle start in the Darlings’ home, to surreal dream scenes and clever flights of fantasy to Neverland, to all-action fights to the death with pirates on the high seas, this mammoth three-hour production was captivating and, at times, intensely moving.
Choreography by Miss Canneaux, Mrs Fyles and teachers Lianne Carter and Naomi Giffen had to take into account the different levels of their pupils’ accomplishments, as well as the limitations of the Martlets stage, but still managed to convey the excitement, fantasy and eeriness of one of the best children’s stories ever told, as well as the pathos of the loss of childhood.
The invention of so many creatures into this world of make-believe including flamingos, a unicorn, a phoenix, big cats, jungle moths, gazelles and humming birds was enchanting while the Lost Boys, Tribe, earth, fire, water and air sprites were perfect vehicles for the dancers.
Gypsy women, mermaids, neverbirds and the pirates were also cleverly executed as was the crocodile, made up of large sections, each carried aloft on sticks by individual children, and kept together - mostly – as they made they way across the stage and through the audience.
Music by Elgar, Debussy, Ravel, Saints Saens, Lizst, Greig and others, plus from Pirates of the Caribbean, completed a show that was pure delight from start to finish.

Carolyn Robertson - Mid-Sussex Times

Photography during rehearsal by Kevin Ellis