Dancers are ‘Strictly’ excellent!

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‘STRICTLY Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman might have been busy with the final and Christmas special of the TV show. But awards in his name were still dished out during the annual medal presentation of Bulwell’s Tait Stanley School Of Dancing.

The Goodman gongs for excellence were for medal tests taken under the National Association of Teachers of Dancing.

They went to Brianna Brown, Angel Gough Sharrard, Neve Jones, Jack Purdy, Rosario Rodriguez Fernandez, Emmi Curtis, Aimee Smith, Kira Toplis, Rebecca Finnie, Ross Finnie, Samantha Foster, Darren Hancock, Elisha Hargreaves and Martin Stokell.

The prizes were handed out during a special ceremony at the school’s base on Rock Street.

More than 30 awards were presented by Nicola Bender, who is fundraising manager for the Nottinghamshire Hospice, and her husband, Jonathan.

Tait Stanley has been involved in two Strictly-style ‘Learn To Dance’ fundraising events in 2011 in aid of the hospice, which offers support and care to patients with terminal illnesses.

The dance school is run by Maurice Tait and Yvonne Stanley. The presentation event also featured a group dance to the carol ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and a visit from Santa.

The award winners were — Rainbow awards: Jasmine Evans, Eleanor Woodward, Elizabeth Wright, Mia Toplis, Angel Gough Sharrard, Dylan Woodward. Popular dance test: Alisha Purdy, Joshua Waldrom. Bronze ballroom: Emma Cascales Labbatte, Charlotte Woodward. Bronze Latin American: Emmi Curtis, Aimee Smith. Silver ballroom: Emma Cascales Labbatte. Gold ballroom: Olivia Hastie. Gold Latin American: Olivia Hastie. Gold old time: Darren Hancock, Megan Papworth. National award Latin American: Ross Finnie.

OUR PHOTO shows pupils and staff at the presentation ceremony — DISPIC NHUD3365-1.