THREE dance school students are off to pastures new after clinching places at some of the world’s top performing arts organisations.
Katie Blythe, 17, James Pattison, 18, and Natalie Brown, 18, performed together for the last time with the Northern Arts Academy last week when they took part in the school’s production of Rock It! at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.
And while there was a touch of sadness for the Hartlepool dance trio, each of them looks set to continue their budding performing arts career.
Katie has accepted a place at Italia Conti Theatre Arts in London where she will study on a one year intensive training programme.
James is off to join the Young Americans in California where he will train with them for two years and then join their touring company to teach music.
And Natalie has accepted a place at Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama College where she will study musical theatre for three years.
All three have spent many years being taught at the Northern Arts Academy under the guidance of the school’s owner Leanne Jeffries.
Leanne said: “I am very proud of all three of them and wish them the very best of luck with their future careers. They have all been a pleasure to teach and we will miss them dearly.”
Katie lives in Stockton with her mum and dad, Angela and Toby, brother, Dan 19, and sister Emily, 10.
She previously made the headlines when she reached the finals of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition.
In April, we told how James, from Hartlepool, who studied for A-levels at the English Martyrs art and music specialist school in Hartlepool, was hand-picked by coaches from Young Americans when they were visiting Hartlepool on an outreach programme.
Natalie, also from the town, was also a former finalist in the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition and has appeared in numerous other prestigious events.