Double joy for Hartlepool dance academy

JUBILANT: Jessica and Bethany celebrate after realising they are the top two performers in the country. Also pictured is Jessica with her prize
JUBILANT: Jessica and Bethany celebrate after realising they are the top two performers in the country. Also pictured is Jessica with her prize
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A DANCE school boss was left jumping for joy after one of her students lifted a national title - and another was chosen as the runner-up.

Jessica Seagrave lifted the Senior English Modern Championships crown with colleague Bethany Hall in second spot.

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s the third time in recent years that representatives of the Hartlepool-based Nadine Academy of Dance has won the Senior English Modern Championships.

This year’s competition was held in Sale and the Hartlepool academy was out in force.

Dance school owner Nadine Kennedy said: “People came from all over the country for this one. We had 11 finalists in different categories which is amazing.”

But it was Jessica and Bethany’s achievements which shone - and meant the trophy was coming straight back to Hartlepool.

Jessica, 15, brought the crown back to Nadine’s academy after it was won last year by fellow student Demmileigh Foster.

And it’s the third time that the school has been victorious at the competition as Demmileigh has also won it before.

Nadine added: “This year, we took the trophy back to the competition and competed for the title again.

“It was a really hard section but we have now won the title for two years running.”

Jessica is from Middlesbrough and Bethany is from Newcastle but both of them travel to Hartlepool three times a week to train at Nadine’s academy.

Bethany is no stranger to success.

She was the senior British ballet champion, third in the senior modern section and won the grand scholarship title in 2013.

In the same year, Demmileigh Foster, thwn 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.