Green army conquers all

TROPHY HAUL: Back row (left to right) Maizie Hunter, Emily Hughes, Evie Thompson, Hannah Smith and Sophie Hunter. Middle row (left to right) Maddi Spence, Hollie Hughes, Holly Lovatt, Kaidence Cotson and Maddy Edmenson. Front Row (left to right) Mollie Mae Hickling, Izzy Boagey, Talia Fox, Alyssia Cotson, Alyssa Cotson and Scarlett Weegram
TROPHY HAUL: Back row (left to right) Maizie Hunter, Emily Hughes, Evie Thompson, Hannah Smith and Sophie Hunter. Middle row (left to right) Maddi Spence, Hollie Hughes, Holly Lovatt, Kaidence Cotson and Maddy Edmenson. Front Row (left to right) Mollie Mae Hickling, Izzy Boagey, Talia Fox, Alyssia Cotson, Alyssa Cotson and Scarlett Weegram

A “green army” is celebrating after taking home a clutch of dance titles.

A team of dancers from the Jill Cooper Academy of Dance in Hartlepool headed to Eston in Middlesbrough to compete in the Johnsons Easter Dance Festival.

They came up against a wealth of talent from other North East Dance schools such as The Steps Academy, Sam Moore Dance School, and BSB School of Dance.

And for many of the students from the Hartlepool academy, it was their first time competing in such a prestigious event.

Yet many came away from the experience with medals and plenty of praise from the dance school owner Jill Cooper.

Jill said: “I am so impressed with the hard work and determination the children have put in.”

Youngsters aged from four to 15 took part and Jill said she was especially proud “considering it has only been six days since the end of our five-day show A Moment Like This at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre”.

Jill added: “As well as taking many first to third places throughout the competition, three of our girls also came away with trophies from the overall competition presentations.”

Seven-year-old Hollie Hughes recorded the highest marked routine in the tap section of the Tees Valley competition.

Neve O’Donovan, aged six, took home the trophy for the highest scores recorded on aggregate marks. She did it for her overall performances in the song and dance, tap and modern routines.

Another great performance came from Talia Fox, aged six, who took home the trophy for the most promising novice dancer even though it was her first ever performance as a dancer in the section for six to eight-year-olds, having recently moved up from the baby category.

Jill said she was now focusing on class work and developing the students for the Whit Week Ccompetitions at Hartlepool Town Hall at the beginning of June.

The new term starts at the school on April 17 and Jill said she would love to see new starters of all ages and abilities, at the school which is based above Barclays Bank in York Road, Hartlepool.