A HARTLEPOOL dance school is celebrating after three of its students reached the finals of a prestigious competition.
Best wishes go out to Bethany Grace Jennings, 18, Demmileigh Foster and Bethany Hall, both 16, who all represent Nadine’s Academy of Dance in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool, and who all have a date with destiny next weekend.
They have all done the academy proud by reaching the grand finals of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition.
And their achievement is so special, a contingency of 50 people from Hartlepool will be travelling to the finals in Blackpool to support them.
Miss Dance of Great Britain is a long running theatre dance competition for girls, established and organised by the International Dance Teachers Association. The national finals are held annually at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The only way that people can reach the glittering finale is by taking part - and winning - one of 52 heats held throughout the country.
But the criteria doesn’t end there. To qualify for the national finals, a competitor must win their heat with a score of 85 marks or more.
The amateur-only contest involves each competitor performing a three-minute solo dance in a modern theatre or cabaret style in the heats.
And if they win, they have to perform exactly the same routine at the national finals.
All three of Nadine’s dancers won their heats and will now hope to lift the national trophy and cash prize, with trophies also being awarded for the runner-up and third places.
Dance school owner Nadine Kennedy Wood said: “Since August last year, there has been heats all over the country.
“There were 52 in total and on Sunday, June 9, they will all come together at the famous Winter Gardens.
“It is the first year Nadine’s Academy have qualified. To get one student there is great but to have three qualified is truly amazing and such an achievement in itself.
“Fifty students, family and friends are going to Blackpool to support the girls and I am flying back from my holiday abroad with my husband.”
Nadine said she wanted to be there to “support them every step of the way.”
And once the contest is over, Nadine will fly back to resume her holiday.