Praise for young dance stars

Award winners; From left to right - Emily Hornsey, Maria Carey-Shaw and Annabel Whitton
Award winners; From left to right - Emily Hornsey, Maria Carey-Shaw and Annabel Whitton
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YOUNG dancers at a Hartlepool school could find themselves featuring on television.

Members of the Just Freestyle School of Dance (formerly known as the Beth Cooling School of Dance) have been taking part in competitions throughout the region.

Its members are currently training for one called Dance Idol which is an annual event in August and which attracts hundreds of hopefuls.

“It is a favourite for all the children who get involved,” said spokeswoman Beth.

But one added attraction this year is the presence of the cameras from Sky Television who are keen to look at the popularity of freestyle dance, she said.

“This year is extra special for the children as Sky television will be present. Following the tremendous interest and popularity of freestyle dance, Sky Television is currently making a documentary on this ever growing popular form of dance.”

The filming is likely to become a documentary to be aired in the near future, said Beth.

In the meantime, children from the Just Freestyle School are continuing to perform well, including Emily Hornsey, Maria Carey-Shaw and Annabel Whitton who have recently won awards.

“They are excelling at competitions across the northern region,” said Beth.

“The dance school has many new competitors who appear to be following in the footsteps of their fellow pupils by performing outstandingly at several competitions over the past couple of months.

“They are progressing through their grades at a rapid rate.”

The school’s younger students – in the beginner and starter grades – categories were praised for the way they look up to other pupils who have already in championship status and were trying to follow their example.

She added: “They have adopted their drive and determination to work hard and train to be the best that they can be.

Just Freestyle holds sessions on Thursdays, from 5.30pm and on Saturdays, from 10.30am at Holy Trinity Church Hall, in Davison Drive, Hartlepool.

Children from tots upwards are welcome to go along to the sessions.