Dancers pirouette to awards glory

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TWINKLE-toed dancers from the long-running Ann Culley School of Dance in Hucknall are jumping for joy after achieving success at a recent examination session.

This was conducted by Tracey Bentley, a fellow and examiner of the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA).

The awards were achieved in ballroom, Latin, freestyle and Argentine tango by the talented dancers.

The pupils were Brenda Barnsdale, Brian Barnsdale, Mich Cieslik, Christine Gilbourne, Jean Chilton, John Chilton, Lynne Cooper, Paul Scrypchuk, Kay Munton, Christine Twells, Janet Whysall, Paul Wilbraham, Elinor Rosindell, Elizabeth Downs and Georgia Morris.

In addition to the amateur awards, a number of professional candidates achieved outstanding marks in their teachers’ examinations.

Affiliated to Ann’s school is the newly-formed Phase One School of Dance, run by IDTA-qualified teacher Rachel Murden.

Rachel conducts ‘Super Saturday’ classes for children at Watnall Road Baptist Church, Hucknall and 16 youngsters danced superbly to gain awards.

They were Evie Allsop, Grace Allsop, Grace Conidi, Phoebe Cowley, Demi Dodge, Emily Draper, Katie Flint, Amie Marshall, Katie Marshall, Olivia Martin, Laura McHargue, Keira Randall, Bethany Sladden, Charlotte Sladden, Grace Tennant and Leia Whittaker.

Ann said she would like to congratulate all the successful pupils.

The well-established school of dance was originally founded in 1980 and continues to go from strength to strength.