Classy classical triumph for Carol’s dance team

Carol Hammond dancers and trophies.
Carol Hammond dancers and trophies.

Majestic dancers from Hartlepool performed with style at a national finals.

Students from the Carol Hammond School of Dance were a hit at the two-day National Classical and Modern Sequence championships, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Hundreds of dancers from all over the country took part but it was Carol’s students who came back with 17 cups.

The Hartlepool dance school took 24 students aged from six to 60-plus, said dance school owner Carol Hammond.

She added: “They did absolutely brilliantly and they had a fantastic time.

“Most of our pupils reached the semi final stages but there were also some in finals. My pupils were amazing, buzzing and I am so proud of all of them.”

And there was an added challenge for some of Carol’s dancers. She explained: “I had to borrow a couple of partners as a couple of mine were unable to attend.“

Carol described the fact that others stepped in to help her team as “the beauty of classical sequence. All teachers up and down the country working from the same scripts.”

She also praised her own female dancers for rising to the occasion, adding: “It was brave of those girls to do that.”

She added: “Each round for every age group had an average of 70 competitors in from all over the UK. I was very pleased with all my pupils as they all achieved excellent results with most of them passing their personal best from last year.

“Classical sequence is a very graceful dance genre with competitors performing dances from as early as 1902.”

Among Carol’s successes were Luke Steele who won two firsts in the under-12 section.

Laura Morgan won the over-21 classical sequence competition and was third in modern sequence.

In the under-10 section Hope Robertson was second, Leah Shirreff third and Jay Nicholson fifth.

The under 16 section in classical sequence dancing saw Charlotte Flint place second, Libby Jackson fourth, Victoria Hope fifth and Toni Woolston sixth.

Caitlin Shirreff was fourth and Olivia Snaith-Cairns sixth in the under 16 modern sequence while Whitney Wilson was third in modern sequence and fifth in under-21 classical.

Lynda Brooker was fourth in the over-60 modern sequence and Amy Grylls was fourth in the National Veleta Trophy.

Next for Carol’s dancers is training for next year’s qualifying round of the competition.