Award-winning students do Hartlepool academy proud

Three of the MTA award winners Max Penfold, Erin Gallagher-Smith, centre, and Nina Bunter. Pic: Anthony Melendrez Photography.
Three of the MTA award winners Max Penfold, Erin Gallagher-Smith, centre, and Nina Bunter. Pic: Anthony Melendrez Photography.

The proud owner of a performing arts academy has praised her students after a year of great achievements.

The third annual presentation evening has been held to celebrate the success of Miss Toni’s Academy of Music & Performing Arts in Hartlepool. It saw more than 70 awards given out in front of a packed 450-strong audience at the Borough Hall.

The school has been running for three busy and successful years now and the past 12 months have been jam packed with milestones

Toni Parker-Harvey

Academy founder Toni Parker-Harvey said: “The school has been running for three busy and successful years now and the past 12 months have been jam- packed with milestones.

“In January, MTA moved from its first studio in Park Road to a bigger studio in Enterprise House to accommodate the vast numbers of new students. In March, the school also put on its first big show at the Town Hall Theatre, which sold out all of the tickets in just two hours.

“The third presentation night was a milestone in itself as it was the first one the school held at the Borough Hall. Over 450 tickets were sold for the event and over 70 awards were given.”

“So many highlights were seen at the ceremony that we will be detailing them on our Dance Fever pages over the weeks to come.

“But they included Max Penfold and Jasmin Nichol picking up full scholarships, a Student of the Year award for Erin Gallagher-Smith, and Nina Bunter taking home the Performing Arts Student of the Year title.”

This year’s outstanding achievement award went to the school’s newest vocal coach Danielle Parker for her Britain’s Got Talent and X-Factor success.

And the Tiny Star Award went to the youngest student Luna Radford, aged two.

Watch out for more in Saturday’s Dance Fever column.