AN overjoyed dance school owner was celebrating after her students enjoyed massive success at a national competition.
Nadine Kennedy was thrilled when 16 out of 22 of her students reached the finals in different parts of the British Dance Championships at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool.
But the success did not end there.
Many of those finalists went on to be crowned national champions.
Demmileigh Foster, 17, was the winner of both the senior British tap and senior British song and dance competitions. She was also runner-up in the senior modern section.
Nadine said: “She has been winning championships for a lot of years and she is a credit to the academy.
“She has won the tap championships before and got runner-up last year. We are so proud of her and everything that she has achieved.”
She said Demmileigh hopes to go to stage school but would be eligible to compete at Blackpool for one last time next year before moving on.
Another winner from Nadine’s Academy was 16-year-old Bethany Hall.
She was the senior British ballet champion, third in the senior modern section and won the grand scholarship title.
Nadine said: “There are scholarships all over the country and all the finalists meet at Blackpool. Bethany won that competition and that’s fantastic.”
Success also came to Bethany’s younger sister Caitlyn Hall, 13, who won the British junior song and dance title. She was also third in both the British tap and British modern sections and Nadine said: “Bethany has always reached finals and it is fantastic that she has done so well.
“It is wonderful that we have had two sisters who have won titles.”
Academy student Morgan Bates, also 13, was the junior British tap champion. Nadine said: “I am so proud of her and her success was really well deserved.”
She said every one of her students had performed admirably on a great weekend of dancing which also saw the academy win the British Teachers award.