Hartlepool dance teacher’s pride at top students

THEY'VE DONE SO WELL: Students from JLM Dance, which has celebrated a great first year
THEY'VE DONE SO WELL: Students from JLM Dance, which has celebrated a great first year

A DANCE school owner told of her pride as her organisation entered its second year of competing.

Jemma Mudd, who runs JLM Dance in Hartlepool, said she was “so proud” of all her students and the results they achieved in 2014.

But now Jemma is looking forward to the next year and said: “The school has got much stronger and numbers have grown, which is amazing.”

Forthcoming events include JLM students taking their second examinations in the UKA’s Ballroom and Latin competitions at the beginning of next month. Another attraction will be a competition for JLM students in Whitby.

It will take place on March 22 and Jemma said: “We are currently working hard at practising our new routines to new dances for the students such as the quickstep, tango and cha cha cha.”

The school is also helping to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation’s Wear It Red day tomorrow.

Jemma added: “We know that Hartlepool is one of the areas that suffers badly from heart disease and felt that it was a great idea to hold a wear it red day and cake selling day to raise awareness to the students around the importance of health and fitness in their life.”

Students from JLM will also be supporting the Hartlepool’s Alzheimer’s charity event in April at the Golden Lion.

Jemma said: “This is a fabulous cause which JLM are thrilled to be part of and help towards raising awareness and funds. Some of our students will perform a short show to entertain the guests during the evening.”

JLM students enjoyed a great year last year which included competing at national level as well as holding their Christmas show at the Raglan Club in town.

The event saw 30 dancers perform and prizes were given out to students in categories such as the most improved and examiners best dancer.