Chepstow dance school pays tribute to tragic members
HUNDREDS of dancers took to the stage last night in memory of two former members of a Chepstow dance school who died at a young age.
Natasha Scott-Falber, 14, from Caerwent and Becky Morgan, 22, of Caldicot, spent many an hour on the stage with the Angel School of Dance, and their premature deaths in the last year left their friends in shock.
Natasha Scott-Falber, just 14 when she died on Valentine's Day, was described as "all-singing and all-dancing" by mum Mandy and who had dreams of starring in the West End.
She was also a member of theatre company WAWWA, Wyedean Gospel choir and was selected to perform in a backing choir for English tenor Alfie Boe.
In the weeks leading up to Becky Morgan's untimely death on May 3 2012, she had booked an appointment with her doctor after suffering headaches, but a brain tumour went undiagnosed and she suffered a seizure.
Tragically, she was due to undergo tests the day after her death to discover what the problem was.
Following a third sad loss of great supporter Elaine Fryer, mum of the principal Angela, the 320 students set about practising for their latest show for the three.
"The girls always give their all but this is a little bit more special because of the much loved members we have lost in a year. It has been quite emotional," said Mrs Fryer's assistant Pat Cannon, who helped to organise last night's show and co-ordinate the 800 costumes.
Both girls were members of the Chepstow dance school from a young age, with Ms Morgan starring in four shows from the age of five.
Her mum Karen, 54, was due to be by the side of the stage last night, remembering her daughter who she took to every dance lesson.
"It was a lovely thought," she said, referring to the show's remembrance theme.
Members of the 300-strong sold-out audience flicked through a programme called "With Love.. Angel School of Dance,' as the former members memories shone through in their peers' performance.