Students at Michelle Brown Academy shine at festival

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STUDENTS from a fledgling Hartlepool academy have shone at one of their first ever festivals.

Delighted Michelle Brown, from the Michelle Brown Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts (MBA), praised students who she described as unbelievably good.

She entered nine pupils in the Hartlepool Music Festival and said: “They did unbelievably well. We had nine pupils in eight sections and we came away with seven first places, two seconds and one third.”

Three pupils also made it to the grand final which will be held in the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, later this year.

Michelle described the success as “a very proud moment for the school”.

The festival comes just weeks after Michelle entered students in the recent dance championships, in Chester-le-Street, in County Durham.

At Hartlepool, James Wilkinson-Jones won all three of his vocal sections, and went through to the grand final.

Michelle said: “James started his vocal training with me after Christmas and has gone from strength to strength.”

Georgia Burrows won two gold medals and is also through to the grand final.

Lucy Summerton succeeded in winning both of her sections and is also through to grand final. It was Lucy’s first time at competing.

Keira Doré was second out of 28 children in a category where Michelle’s academy took joint first, second and third place. Ten-year-old Keira also took gold at the recent Chester-le-Street event.

Poppy Doré may only be five years old but she took second in her first singing competition at the Hartlepool Festival.

Hannah Jukes took a third spot.

Michelle, 29, runs the academy from The Studio, in Tower Street.

She teaches skills such as dancing lessons, microphone techniques, musical theatre, tap, ballet, modern dance and drama.