A DANCE school owner has praised after her fledgling students who shone at their first competition.
Jemma, who runs JLM Dance at the Victoria Park home of Hartlepool United, spoke out after her dancers took part in a contest at Whitby Pavilion.
She said: “I didn’t expect the students to do as well as they did. The standard was really high a and the children were nervous and unsure of how they would dance.”
They competed against children who had been dancing for several years with lots of dancing experienc and each category of dancers had at least 30 competitors in it.
Delighted Jemma said: “The children got recalls to dance again in their heats, and got to quarter finals with Carmen Hann in Latin, Amber Lowery and Brodie Gerits in ballroom.”
Special mention went to Daisy Allen who was fourth, and Iona Heasmen sixth in the five-and-under classical dancing section. Daisy was also fifth in the ballroom section, and Iona also reached the semi finals in the Latin category.
Evan Mudd was runner-up in classical dancing boys eight and nine-year-old section. He also took sixth in the ballroom category with a waltz.
Jemma added: “I am immensely proud of all my students. They did superbly. I had three students in the finals in their sections which is amazing considering it was their first competition and dancing against experienced dancers.”
The school is now looking forward to the national competition in Blackpool in October. Jemma said: “We are holding a presentation fundraiser party in May to raise funds to help towards the cost of the competition which is over two days.
“All students will be putting on a demonstration at the fundraiser as well as receiving their awards from their examinations.”
Tickets can be bought via the school or the school’s Facebook page.”