Sell-out show was best yet for dance school boss Jemma

Jemma Mudd's students during the sell-out show.
Jemma Mudd's students during the sell-out show.

A dance school owner has paid tribute to the students who helped make her latest show the best one yet.

Jemma Mudd, who is the founder of the Hartlepool-based JLM Dance, was full of enthusiasm for the event held at the Hartlepool Corporation Club.

She described it as “absolutely brilliant, definitely our best one yet”.

More than 300 people watched the sellout show and it was such a success, Jemma talked of it becoming even bigger next year.

She added: “The dancers danced for over an hour to movie songs which was enjoyed by all, and everyone commented on how much the school has improved and how the show showcased both adult and children’s dancing abilities. The atmosphere was electric and the evening ran very smoothly.”

The event also included a trophy presentation from the Victoria Park-based school’s recent examinations and the handing out of awards as special recognition.

The awards were as follows;

l Children’s most promising; Sienna Douglas Allison.

l Adult most promising; Debbie Ansell.

l Children’s most improved; Freya Pounder.

l Adults most improved; Vikki Pounder.

l Best children’s dancer; Caitlin Kenny.

l Adult best dancer Kirby Hogg.

Jemma added: “The examiner also gave two awards to whom she believed to have improved the most in the school.”

The most improved student award went to Evan Flounders and the JLM star shield award - to the person adjudged by the examiner to be the best dancer in the school during the examinations - to Ebony Oliver.

Jemma added: “We raised money for the school fund by selling popcorn, candy floss, raffle tickets and more and raised over £500.

“This money will be used to help students cover some of the costs at Blackpool to enable each student the same opportunity and same dancing experiences in the school.

“I was massively proud and pleased everyone’s hard work paid of. The school will now be working towards their next level of exams in September ready for our annual event at Blackpool Winter Gardens in October.

“It is a great time for any newcomers, children and adults to come and have a try of ballroom dancing and the other classes we have available.

“The school is growing all the time and waiting lists are in place for some of our classes which is amazing.”

The school is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.