Friday, 14 December 2018

Ballet dancers achieve distinctions in Royal Academy exam

THREE ballerinas from a dance academy in Shiplake are celebrating success in their exams, writes Helen Patchett.

THREE ballerinas from a dance academy in Shiplake are celebrating success in their exams, writes Helen Patchett.

Hayley Brown, 14, Sereina Mowlem, 12, and Madeleine Pavey, 13, all achieved distinctions in the Royal Academy of Dance intermediate foundation vocational exam.

They attend the Julie Rose Academy of Dance, which meets at Shiplake Memorial Hall in Memorial Avenue.

Sereina, of Makins Road, Henley, achieved 96 per cent in the exam.

She said: “I was absolutely thrilled when I found out and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for ages.”

Hayley’s mother Charlene, of Mill Lane, Henley, said: “She was thrilled with the results. The three of them are quite close and do lots of things together so it’s quite sweet.”

Madeleine, who lives in Sonning and attends Queen Anne’s School in Caversham, said: “I have always loved ballet. It makes me feel graceful every time I dance. The beautiful movements have always given me a way to feel relaxed. I want to do ballet for the rest of my life, whether it is just teaching a few classes or doing more.”

Julie Rose, who has been teaching ballet in Henley and Shiplake for 23 years, said: “Students who achieve remarkably high results in the regular graded syllabus find the vocational strand of the Royal Academy exams challenge them on a new level, making a top flight mark almost unattainable.

“So for all three girls who entered the exam to receive a distinction is truly outstanding. The exam is the first in which candidates are required to demonstrate pointe work, which is a big step for all hopeful ballet dancers.

“It is the first examination that all serious ballet students must pass if they wish to pursue a professional career in classical ballet. It would be wonderful if Hayley, Sereina and Madeleine had a chance to dance professionally. ”

Ms Rose danced with the Royal Ballet Company before retiring in 1984.One of her former pupils is Rupert Pennefather, a principal dancer with the company.

She said: “It has been a great source of local enjoyment as I put on a big show yearly and there is a great community spirit among children and their mothers.”

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