Pupils of J G Dance, which has branches in Henley and Caversham, won a record number of places in the
Pupils of J G Dance, which has branches in Henley and Caversham, won a record number of places in the finals of the British Arts Awards, a nationwide stage performance competition. The youngsters, aged 16 to 18, competed against 30,000 other children from across Britain to gain places at the grand finals in London. They achieved 18 1st places, 16 2nds and seven 3rds plus 2nd place in the leading school award.
The successes came in a range of styles, including ballet, tap, acrobatics, modern jazz, national dance, singing and drama. Academy principal Ann Morelle said: “The standard was exceptionally high but we had more successes than ever this year. I am so very proud of all of those who took part.”
Pictured, back row, left to right, Sophie Hall, Rosie Toolin, Freja Watson, Abby Priestley, Hollie Palethorpe, Francesca Watson, Leeya Hamlin, Kate Chalmers, Mia Harris and Jasmine Kirby; Middle row, Sophia Diossy, Andrew Dearman, Kala Nvue Green, Katy Purrington, Amelie Blomfield, Rosa Scampion, Millie Queripel, William Walton, Lauren Palmer and Emilia Batchelor; front row, Grace Wright, Hayley Crofts, Lucy Woolford, Jessica Dippenaar, Veronica Hernandez, Natalia Hernandez, Abigail Crew and Freya Palmer