Dancers win top marks from judges

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Young dancers have impressed the judges at a national competition.

Dancers at Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough took part in the All England Dance Finals at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. About 60 dancers made the trip to London, getting through the heats and winning three first, 8 silver and bronze and nine third place medals. They also got many special commendations.

Principal Amanda Wilkins said: “They have worked for two years for this and in the weeks leading up to the finals they practised eight times a week. The theatre was packed and they were judged by professional dancers from the West End and ballet companies.

“We took dancers aged from six to 18 and they competed in all the genres including classical and musical theatre, some as soloists, some in groups. They all did really, really well.”

Six-year-old Lili Skye Howe took part in the finals and won a third place in the character dance section, first in the national, third in classical Greek and got a special commendation in the modern dance section. She said: “I have been dancing since I was two-and-a-half and I want to be a dancer when I grow up. I like classical Greek dancing the best.”

Georgia Lewis was part of the National Ukrainian trio which came third. She said: “It was such a great opportunity to dance against other dancers.”

Lewis Starr, Anastasia Sum and Eleanor Martin performed in the tap trio competition, and gained a third place. Lewis said: “It was an honour to perform in front of West End professionals. We’ve all been dancing for 14 years and both Anastasia and myself want to carry on professionally. We’re training now for our dance college auditions in two-years’ time.”