Making our physie music each year is a labour of love for our talented crew of musicians and singers. Under the musical direction of Tomomi Takahashi, the piano and violin music is recorded live. Tomomi is a freelance composer and performer and a music teacher, director and adjudicator. She holds degrees in both musical education and composition and has won several competitions and awards over the years.
Our producer, Mark Walmsley, who has his own company “DemoDoctor” and is a musician himself, creates all the pop and rock tracks and records the singers live.
Our amazing female vocalist, Amelia Jae McMurray, is also a talented composer who has her own album “No Ordinary Day” and this year we had 4 different male vocalists, including Nick Jeffries. We also have 2 violinists Jacqui McCaghan and Anne-Marie Braid.
It all begins in August each year, when we begin to search through hundreds of songs and pieces of music to find the ones that will be great to listen to all year, the right beat to dance to and, importantly, are age-appropriate. It seems to be getting harder each year to find songs with the right kind of content and themes that the majority of parents would be happy for their little girls to dance to. Sometimes people tell us that Physie is the “last bastion of respectability” in the dance world. If this is true, then we’re proud of it! We want our little Physie girls to be able to be just that – little girls – not having to grow up before their time. And not just the little girls, but the teenagers and women too – we aim to provide choreography that not only makes them stronger and more confident but that makes them feel good about themselves. And that doesn’t come from learning the latest ‘bump-and-grind’ steps from a video clip. It comes from learning a whole range of movement and different styles of dance. If we really want to empower girls for life, then let’s teach them to shine with individuality, rather than copy someone else’s idea of how they should look.