Dazzling dance night from Maiko

There was standing room only as the kids from Maiko Dance Factory brought contemporary and street dance to Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart.

A packed auditorium of family and friends watched enthralled as the girls and boys, aged from three to 16, performed their energetic routines.

Maiko Dance Factory dancers put on a Winter showcase at Flowerfield Arts Centre. INCR51-331PL

Maiko Dance Factory dancers put on a Winter showcase at Flowerfield Arts Centre. INCR51-331PL

The showcase was the conclusion of three months of weekly rehearsals at Millburn Primary School.

And the celebration of dance was brought to the stage by Michaela McMichael, her assistant Shona Lamont-Barr and their dedicated team of helpers.

The evening also saw Maiko rebranded as Iconic Street Dance with dancers set to meet at Coleraine’s Sandel Centre from the New Year.

Expressing her pride in all the children’s performances, Michaela told the audience: “Following another successful year we have evolved to such a degree that we no longer feel that the name Maiko Dance Factory accurately reflects who we are.

Little dancers take to the stage during the Maiko Dance Factory Winter showcase at Flowerfield Arts Centre. INCR51-332PL

Little dancers take to the stage during the Maiko Dance Factory Winter showcase at Flowerfield Arts Centre. INCR51-332PL

“Our original focus on fun and releasing the young in the community into dance has given way to a boarder focus on greater self awareness and higher self esteem, building character and teaching skilful modest dancing, reclaiming its purity, and expanding on the physical, emotional and mental benefits of dance.

“It’s also more than dance – it’s about kids discovering themselves through dance, expressing anything they want through the art of dance and being true to who they are and how powerful that is.

“At Iconic we aim to bring the skill and art of dance to all of the North Coast area, encouraging everyone to Iconic in their own way.

£The rebrand is a great opportunity to spread the word of all that we offer to more of the community and develop parts of the company that we have not been able to in the past.

“We hope that in this new season each of you find yourselves having even more fun, learning more and perfecting your dance and performance skills.

“This rebrand is a great opportunity to spread the word of all that we offer to more of the community and develop parts of the company that we have not been able to in the past.

“We hope that in this new season each of you find yourselves having even more fun, learning more and perfecting your dance and performance skills further.”

Michaela expressed a “massive thank you” to everyone at Millburn Primary School - John, Sharon, Mark and Diane - for allowing them to use their assembly hall for rehearsals.

“Your support from the beginning has been beyond kind and generous and I feel we cannot thank you enough! You truly are an amazing group of people and we wish you all the best as you continue to pour out your time and lives for the kids of the area.”

Concluding, Michaela described the performers as “awesome.”

“You are truly a wonderful bunch of kids and we adore working with you all. You the parents and family, we are beyond thankful for the support and loyalty you have all shown over the last few years – it is an honour and privilege to work with your kids – thank you for everything.”

VIDEO BY: Sheyar Akyol, Naomi Doherty, Jack Watson