Elwick and Northern Arts academies win string of trophies at Hartlepool festival

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A DANCE and performing arts school’s students won a string of trophies at a festival.

Leanne Jeffries and Geoff Lucas, of the Elwick Academy of Dancing and Northern Arts Academy in Hartlepool, praised youngsters who shone at the Town Hall Theatre in Hartlepool.

Up to 1,000 entries were expected at the Hartlepool Stage Festival, and the winners included many from the two combined academies.

Kate won the junior highest marked song and dance solo; junior highest marked National solo; most promising comedy performer; most promising junior dancer; junior highest marked duet with Sarah Martin; and junior highest marked trio with Libby Davidson and Isabella Pettite.

Abbie’s successes were junior highest marked character solo, and overall aggregate novice dancer.

Delighted Emily’s list of triumphs consisted of most outstanding personality; best national costume; and senior highest marked trio with Chantelle Short and Claudia Hill.

There was also a joint award for Emily Pettite, Georgia Lennon and Billie Smart, who won most memorable performance for their song and dance trio.

The success continued with Jan Compton winning the title of hardest worker in the festival.

Geoff and Leanne between them won the infant tap troupe; intermediate tap troupe; infant, junior, intermediate and senior song and dance troupes; junior and senior character groups; highest marked dance of the festival; and most innovative choreography.

Leanne said: “Geoff and I are very proud of all of our students who dance at the competition and achieved what they set out to do.”

But the school won’t be stepping off the pedal. Its seniors are rehearsing for the summer show Le Fantome. It runs from July 16 to July 18 at the Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are £9.50 for adults and £8.50 with concessions.