THEY’RE off to the national finals – and their dance school owner could not be more proud.
Twenty students from the Carol Hammond Dance Studio performed admirably at the regional heats of the national dance tournament.
And now they are off to represent the Tyne Tees area in the national finals of the International Dance Teachers Association competition which will be held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens next April, with more than 1,000 competitors.
Carol said: “Everyone has worked so hard for the qualifying competition and our results reflected this.
“However, they do know they must keep up the hard work ready for Blackpool.
“I am extremely proud of everybody. They all danced superbly, from our youngest juvenile competitor to our seniors.”
The regional heats in Newton Aycliffe covered both sequence and modern dancing, and Carol is hoping success will follow at national level.
Carol said: “We have done really well in previous years and, touch wood, we can bring some silverware back again.”
Among Carol’s successes at Newton Aycliffe was five-year-old Amber Miley, Jay Nicholson, in the six to eight years section, and Leah Shirreff, in the six to eight years girl category.
Sarah Bushnell took top spot in the under-16s ballroom section while Ebony Barwick won the under-16 Latin American category.
Laura Morgan enjoyed double success, with triumphs in the 16-20 year ballroom and Latin American dance categories.
Maria Carney was another double winner in the 21-34 age group while Geoff Hart won in the 50s section and Lynda Brooker was victorious in ballroom and Latin American in the 60s age group.