Hartlepool dance students enjoy double triumph

DANCERS: Maizie Hunter, left, and Nancy Rowbotham.
DANCERS: Maizie Hunter, left, and Nancy Rowbotham.

TWO students from a Hartlepool academy have shone at a prestigious competition.

Ten-year-old Maizie Hunter and Nancy Rowbotham, who is just five years old, stood out when they won titles at a recent contest called Hartlepool Dance Fest.

It was held at Brierton School, and was organised by the Seaton Academy Of Dance.

Both are from the Michelle Brown Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts (MBA) and Michelle said: “The school did fantastically well.

“Maizie Hunter won most entertaining performance of the festival with her song solo and Nancy Rowbotham won classical soloist under age of 8 and she is only 5 years old. It was a tough competition.”

But that’s not the only big news for Michelle and her academy.

Michelle added: “We are doing a Christmas concert at the Raglan on Saturday, December 13.”

The charity event has Geoff Mull singing. Michelle added: “He was on the X Factor and it’s to raise money for a charity who support bereaved parents called 4Louis.”

4Louis provides hospitals with memory boxes, so grieving parents can capture as many memories as they can.

A busy December continues for the academy when it holds its own Christmas show on Sunday, December 21. It will run from 1.30pm at Manor College.”

Michelle said: “We are holding our annual show “Christmas Spectacular” and showtime is 1.30pm. It is A variety show jam packed with festive performances to get the audience in the Christmas mood.”

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.