THERE’S smiles galore among these photographs and it’s no wonder.
After all, students from the Just Freestyle School of Dance (formerly known as the Beth Cooling School of Dance) brought home a clutch of medals from the East Coast Championships.
A strong team from the Hartlepool dance school headed to the event at Cayton Bay near Scarborough to compete in categories including solo, slow, doubles and team.
The results showed that hard work and dedication pays off, said spokesman Beth Williamson.
She added: “They exceeded all expectations by taking many titles from beginners through to championship level and across all age ranges.
“Both dance teachers Beth Cooling and Amiee Langley were extremely proud of all pupils who have shown tremendous dedication, hard work, team spirit and support for each other during the festival.”
Just Freestyle holds sessions on Thursdays, from 5.30pm and on Saturdays, from 10.30am at Holy Trinity Church Hall, in Davison Drive, Hartlepool.
Children from tots upwards are welcome to go along to the sessions.
The title winners were as follows.
Under 8 Beginner: Leoni Dinsdale
Under 10 Beginner: Maria Carey-Shaw
Under 12 Beginner: Annabel Whitton
Under 12 Championship: Caitlyn Costello
Under 16 Championship: Amy Smith
Under 12 Championship: Kate Buckle
Freestyle / Slow combined
U10 Novice: Emily Hornsey
Under 12: Bridie Dinsdale & Caitlyn Costello. (In this section the children performed exceptionally well with the dance school getting 1st 2nd and 3rd place)
Under 16: Laura Buckle & Amy Roe
Under 12 Intermediate: Caitlyn Costello & Bridie Dinsdale
Under 12 Championship: Bethany Austwick and Kate Buckle
Under 16: Laura Buckle, Amy Roe & Amy Smith
Just Freestyle also won the under 16 team event with the dance troupe Insomnia.