Youngsters dance off with prizes

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Talented young performers at a Bedlington dance and theatre school did their teachers proud recently by waltzing off with a haul of trophies at a recent competition.

Students from Hunter Theatre Arts scooped a total of 15 trophies at the Wansbeck Dance Festival recently held at Newbiggin Sport and Leisure Centre, with Meaghan Toole winning the Bursary section with her ballet performance.

The festival, which was adjudicated by Alison Walls and sponsored by Head to Toe Dance Supplies, attracted eight dance schools from across the north east.

The Wansbeck Dance Festival is in its third year with this year’s being the biggest yet with more than 130 performers, 447 medals and 30 trophies being awarded.

Hunter Theatre Arts principal Barbara Hunter said: “I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our students who competed at the Wansbeck Dance Festival.

“They all did everything that was asked of them and gave 100 per cent.”

The winners were:

n Highest Open Mark – Levi van der Poll;

n Highest Class B – Ellie Messenger;

n Highest Class C – Anna Thompson and Lucy Conroy;

n Highest Class F – Levi van der Poll;

n Highest Non Classical Solo – Levi van der Poll;

n Classical Duet – Cerys Ford and Meaghan Toole;

n Classical Trio – Abbie Thompson, Melissa Agnew and Taylor Fennell;

n Non Classical Trio – Abbie Thompson, Melissa Agnew and Taylor Fennell;

n Most Promising Baby – Isla Ford;

n Most Promising Junior –Meaghan Toole;

n Most Promising Inter – Lucy Conroy;

n Overall Effort – Lily Beth Davison;

n Musicality Award – Ellie Messenger;

n Choreography Award –Hunter Theatre Arts; and

n Highest Marked School – Hunter Theatre Arts.