Gym’s showstoppers

The annual Marriotts Gymnastics Club Christmas Shows left audiences spellbound. The two Sunday shows, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, were an opportunity for parents and visitors to witness the skill, grace and strength of gymnastics. They we

The annual Marriotts Gymnastics Club Christmas Shows left audiences spellbound.

The two Sunday shows, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, were an opportunity for parents and visitors to witness the skill, grace and strength of gymnastics.

They were masterminded by show director and choreographer Svetlana Lebiadzinskaya, a former Russian international gymnast.

Supported by an army of coaches, parents and helpers, the shows brought together a blend of acrobatic and gymnastics skills, dance and trampolining.

The two shows featured stunning costumes, brilliant routines, group and individual performances.

Featuring performers as young as one-year-old through to the old man himself - Father Christmas! - the audience were enthralled by the colour, spectacle and skill displayed by the local talent and the visiting gymnasts alike.

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In addition to the local talent on show from Marriotts Gym Club, Richard's Trampoline Club and The Everett Academy dancers, there were guest appearances from Philip Dodson, a senior British international trampolinist, Elliott Stratton, Western Australian state trampoline champion and Ivan Bulyha, national junior gymnastics squad member.

The evening show was graced by further visitors with elite gymnasts from Huntingdon Gym Club.

These included British senior vault champion Emma White and British Masters pommel champion Daniel Keatings performing, along with other national squad gymnasts Marissa King, Kayleigh Cooke and Amahd Thomas showing their skills.

Both shows were sell-outs with more than 250 people at each performance.

Included among the VIP guests who enjoyed the show was Stevenage town mayor Simon Speller.

The shows completed a successful year for Marriotts Gym Club, Richard's Trampoline Club and The Everett Academy.