Hartlepool dance troupe wins Easter contest

TOP TROUPE: Students from the award-winning Hartlepool-based Michelle Brown Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts which took some top awards at the Easter championships at Nunthorpe.
TOP TROUPE: Students from the award-winning Hartlepool-based Michelle Brown Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts which took some top awards at the Easter championships at Nunthorpe.
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DANCE school students enjoyed a fantastic weekend when they took a top award at a competition.

The Michelle Brown Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts (MBA) from Hartlepool sent a team of students to an Easter championships at Nunthorpe where they performed in style.

Everyone did amazingly well and our Oliver troupe won highest cabaret mark of the festival, which was a very proud moment for the school.

Michelle Brown, dance academy founder

Academy founder Michelle Brown said: “We had a fantastic result at our competition at the weekend. Everyone did amazingly well and our Oliver troupe won highest cabaret mark of the festival which was a very proud moment for the school.”

But that was not the only success for the school which marked a return to the first championship MBA ever competed in, and in which student Maizie Hunter got a runner-up spot in the infant song and dance section last year.

Michelle said: “We took away lots of awards at the presentation and Maizie Hunter was placed fourth in the supreme champion of the week.”

Now comes another series of events for the busy academy. Michelle said: “We are in the process of planning summer school days which will run for one week during the holidays and will be something fantastic.

“We are now working toward Hartlepool Music Festival, which we are very much looking forward to. It will be the second year we have taken part and last year was an incredible achievement for the school.

The academy is now based at Enterprise House in Thomlinson Road in the dance studios alongside the On Your Toes dance school.

Michelle, 29, 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.