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Dancing their way to success

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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COMPETITIONS and auditions have been the order of the day at Ashbourne School of Dance over the last few months.

Students at the school have been entering dance contests and auditioning for roles on stage after months of study and practise.

Principal at the school, Tina Dodsworth, said: “Six dancers had already successfully auditioned to get through to Buxton Opera House where they competed in The Association of American Dancing’s Ballet and Tap Scholarship competition.

“Despite tough age categories Hollie Egan got through to the last 64 Juniors in the country from over 250 dancers intially, and then Intermediate Georgia Collins did an amazing job by coming second out of the whole country.

“The hard work and dedication really paid off as the standard of the final five was immense.

“November then saw the dance school in the biggest production for the last three years with over 165 dancers taking to the stage at The Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby.

“They put on four spectacular sell out shows which combined ballet, tap, modern, acrobatic and character dances.

“Friends and family travelled from far and wide to support the pupils who were aged four to 23.

“Months of preparation were put in to showcase their talent with fabulous costumes and music.

“The following week more than 30 dancers then travelled up to Blackpool to perform at the Opera House and Winter Gardens on the widest stage in Europe.

“They will now all have a well deserved rest over the Christmas period with classes then focusing on technical exams next year.”

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