A DANCE school owner has described her delight at the performance of her students in their first ever competitions.
Michelle Brown was full of praise for the youngsters from the new Michelle Brown Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts (MBA) who took part in a festival in Hartlepool, and were also represented at a championships in Chester-le-Street, in County Durham.
Among many outstanding performances was Maizie Hunter, nine, who was in her first championship and gave an excellent showing in the song and dance section.
Michelle said: “Out of 58 children, she was the runner-up.
“This was the first time Maizie had danced as a pupil from my school so I was overcome with this fantastic result.
“She did amazingly well against all the top schools from throughout the North-East.
“This was the first time MBA had taken part in a competition after just five months of being open and I could not have dreamed of such an amazing achievement.”
Another outstanding result came from 10-year-old Keira Doré who took gold at the Karen Liddle Dance Festival, in Hartlepool.
But the success still did not end there.
Michelle added: “My pupils had their first musical theatre exams with the London College of Music. They all received distinctions and merits.”
Michelle, 29, runs the academy from The Studio, in Tower Street, in Hartlepool.
Michelle trained at the internationally-renowned Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and as a British Association of Teachers of Dance member.
Now she has her own school where she teaches students skills such as dancing lessons to microphone techniques, as well as musical theatre. It also covers tap, ballet, modern dance and drama.