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Ashbourne School of Dance gets great grades again

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

  • Students at Ashbourne School of Dance have done well in exams. Pictured at the front are owner of the school Tina Dodsworth and Isabelle Matkin, who got a distinction in tap dancing.

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PUPILS at Ashbourne School of Dance have excelled in their examinations.

In the latest spring rounds, students took more than 140 exams, conducted under the Association of American Dancing exam board, and achieved a 100% pass rate.

Subjects included ballet, tap, modern and acrobatics, with ages ranging from five-year-olds to adults.

While all the school's students achieved a pass grade, there were also some outstanding results.

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More than 25 dancers were awarded honours, which means they achieved a score of between 90% and 95%.

A further six went on to receive the highest grade possible – a distinction. Georgia Collins, Hannah Taylor, Bryony Thompson, Kayleigh Bacon, Bronwyn Williams and Isabelle Matkin were all awarded a grade of 96% or more.

Principal Tina Dodsworth said: "For all pupils to pass is a great achievement but also to gain the standard of these top marks shows the commitment and talent of our local dancers.

"June sees an exciting competition in the AAD's Ballet and Tap Scholarships.

"Hundreds of dancers will compete from around the country in the knockout event where ballet, tap dance and improvisation sections are performed.

"The successful dancers will then compete at Buxton Opera House in October.

"And July will see the majority of the school's pupils take part in stage medal exams at the Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby, performing in costume in front of friends and relatives."

The school continues to expand, with tots' class on Mondays at 9.30am, "Fitness 4 All Adults" sessions on Tuesdays at 8pm and an Otago class for pensioners on Thursdays at 10.30am.

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