Titles galore at dance festival

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IT was festival time at a Hartlepool venue where 400 dancers turned up to compete.

The Karen Liddle Annual Dance Festival was held at the Town Hall in Raby Road and saw competitors from Sedgefield, Durham, Middlesbrough and Stockton join hopefuls from Hartlepool.

The February half-term holidays was the date for the 10th staging of the festival which was first formed by Karen Liddle as a way for her students to take part in a festival without the hassle and expense of travelling far afield.

Karen said: “It has been going for about 10 years and it started out as a small competition which has grown. There were eight schools from all over the North-East involved.”

Top performers from Karen’s school were;

l Emily Sotheran, aged five - runner-up in the Most Promising Baby section.

l Grace Cavilla, aged five - Most Promising Song and Dancer in the under-six section.

l Amber Davies, 14, was runner-up in the Most Promising Beginner section - and it was her first competition.

l Sarah Bennett, 23, Most Outstanding Song and Dancer over 16.

l Dulcey Rogers, 12, Jessica Richmond, 12, and Megan Mulcahy, 10, won the Most Promising Trio under 16.

l Karen’s school also won the trophy for the Most Outstanding Troupe Under 9 which its performance as Cruella De Vil.

l It also won the Most Outstanding Troupe Under 12 with Doggy In The Window.

Away from the competition scene, Karen’s school has also just started regular classes with vocal coach Beverley Kingsley.

They are held at the school based in the Town Hall from noon each Saturday.

And gym classes are being held on Saturdays at 1pm for students aged at least four by the school in the Masonic Hall near the Town Hall.