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Can you resist this chance to become a Dancing Queen?

Guest post by Caroline Baldwin (Blog)

The company of the hugely successful musical Mamma Mia! are leading dance sessions at the Wales Millennium Centre. The ‘commuter classes’, will teach a dance routine linked with the show on December 1 and January 6.

‘Commuter classes’ are aimed people who are in need of a wind down activity on their way home from work. Esther Roberts, 54, said “I was dancing in the aisle of the theatre during the musical, so I’d love to learn from the cast.”

The musical which is being shown at the same venue until January 23 has proven extremely popular with Cardiff residents. The ticket office said that performances are almost completely sold out, therefore the free, but ticketed ‘commuter classes’ are sure to sell out quickly.

ABBA: Swedish national treasure, Abba, consisted of Frida, Agnetha, Bjorn and Benny who got the world singing and dancing between 1972 and 1983. Selling over 375 million records, they are often referred to as one of the greatest pop acts.

With memorable songs and lyrics such as Dancing Queen; “With a bit of rock music, everything’s fine/ You’re in the mood for a dance/ And when you get the chance /You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen,” it is unsurprising that their songs graced the soundtracks of many films, inspired countless tribute bands and were used in the smash hit musical Mamma Mia!

MUSICAL: The musical made its debut at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre in 1999, which then led to a rebirth of the ABBA Gold Greatest Hits album, as it topped the charts in the UK. The musical took 22 ABBA hits, such as The Winner Takes It All, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper and Mamma Mia! and told a story about a girl getting married on a Greek island who had never met her father (full synopsis).

FILM: The stage show was turned into a film in 2009 with Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth among many other big Hollywood names. Both loved and hated by fans, it still managed to pick up 15 nominations and 9 wins in awards. The film was very faithful to the original stage show and attempted, with great success, to recreate the joy and excitement found in the musical.

The film’s main criticism was Pierce Bronson’s singing voice which was satirised on Comic Relief by French and Saunders in 2009.

DANCE CLASSES: If the ‘commuter classes’ have given you a taste going to dance classes regularly, Rubicon Dance is a school in Cardiff with many programmes in a variety of different dance styles, for adults and children.


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