DANCERS ARE TRULY IN HAR­MONY

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TAL­ENTED young dancers are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning 16 top awards at a com­pe­ti­tion.

Pupils from Har­monys School of Dance and Per­form­ing Arts in Che­sham at­tended the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers of Danc­ing’s (BATD) an­nual dance com­pe­ti­tion for the Lon­don re­gion at the Civic The­atre in Es­sex on Sun­day, Novem­ber 8.

Schools from across the re­gion come to­gether once a year to com­pete for gold medals in all styles of dance from tap, mod­ern, bal­let, and street­dance to acro and mu­si­cal the­atre.

The BATD is the long­est run­ning as­so­ci­a­tion in the UK and is ac­cred­ited by the Coun­cil for Dance Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Har­mony O’Quinn, who has been qual­i­fied with the BATD for 17 years said: “It is a really fun event that the chil­dren look for­ward to ev­ery year.”

This year, the stu­dents did them­selves proud as well as fam­ily and friends af­ter com­ing home with nine first places, three sec­ond places and four third places.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tors Tim New­man and Stu­art Dawes, who are the prin­ci­pals and own­ers of the Brighton Acdemy, said the stan­dard was at its high­est this year.

Stu­dents aged 14 years plus also had the chance to com­pete for a sum­mer school schol­ar­ship and a week’s schol­ar­ship at the school.

Har­monys stu­dents Candice Bryant, Hay­ley Wil­son and Leon Chap­man were de­lighted to be awarded with this op­por­tu­nity af­ter their daz­zling per­fo­mances.

There is no rest for th­ese stu­dents as it is full steam ahead to their dance ex­am­i­na­tions with the BATD at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber as well as pupils Keanna-Skye O’Quinn, Lashea Chap­man, Madi­son Vieira, Grace Ti­gar, Olivia Rear­don, Holly Cox, Wil­low Springall and Bil­lie Fisher all per­form­ing in panto.

The Mup­pets won first prize

In­spi­ra­tional:

El­e­gant: Young dancers at the

com­pe­ti­tion

Bal­let Tan­gled won first prize

En pointe:

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