Fantastic five get deserved praise

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FIVE fantastic dancers from a Hartlepool school have been praised for their dedication and passion at a festival.

Charlotte Stevens, the performing arts teacher at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Catcote Road, spoke out after the students took part in The Catholic Partnership Dance Festival.

Charlotte told Dance Fever: “We had three Year 7 students who were Olivia Bone, Katie Mason and Molly Scott, as well as year eight student Evie Metcalfe and Codie Moore from Year Nine.

“The festival was created so all the catholic secondary schools in the Hexham and Newcastle catchment area could showcase their talented dancers which we have in our schools.”

Charlotte said it was a great opportunity for our students to perform on a stage at The Gala Theatre in Durham and to meet other students. The atmosphere and energy throughout the event was fantastic and our girls loved it.

But the success of the Martyrs students was even more remarkable, said Charlotte.

She said: “Our students have only had eight rehearsals to learn two routines, and they did this in their own time after school - showing dedication.

“The first dance performed was a tap routine to the music Singing in The Rain and the second performance was a very high levelled technique choreography to the music of Alice from the film Alice in Wonderland.”

She said the level of talent shown was “amazing” and so was the high degree of technique and performance that they used.

She added: “They were professional throughout the day and I am very proud of them for their dedication and passion towards the school and dancing. All the girls go to local dancing school which shows great training and they are all working at a very high level.”

Charlotte said the success was illustrated in a letter which was sent to her by Sara Crawshaw who is the director of the Catholic Partnership.

She praised the school for the time and crafting it had done to create two sensational dances.

She said the five English Martyrs girls showed power and poise in each dance and showed a genuine love of dance. And the students were talented and able to shine in both the tap and the contemporary dance, showing enormous confidence.