Pupils triumph at dancing festival

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Pupils at the Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough struck gold, silver and bronze at a dance festival.

Youngsters from the school, in Rock Street, took home an impressive total of 32 trophies, 51 gold medals, 40 silver medals and 39 bronze medals after taking part in the Milton Keynes dance festival.

A total of 70 children and young people from the school, aged from five to 18-years-old, took part in the festival, which ran over seven days in February and March.

Amanda Wilkins from the Kilburn School of Dance said: “It was a very good week for the school, I’m delighted.

“They always work so hard for their achievements.

“They all had a lovely time.

“It helped that they had got the back-up of their parents.

“The trophies and medals were for all types of dance, from ballet to song and dance, tap, national folk dancing, classic Greek dancing, duets and trios, a variation of styles.”

At the festival Kilburn School of Dance pupil Amelia Hawksby won most promising junior dancer.

Thomas Martin from the school won the gala.

From winning dancers, 16 were chosen to take part in the gala, and Thomas was chosen as the winning dancer from that 16.

Miss Wilkins said: “That was a lovely thing for him and it’s particularly nice as it’s his final year with us before he hopefully goes on to further dance training.”

At the festival a family of dancers from the Kilburn School of Dance won signed shoes from the English National Ballet and six tickets to go to watch the English National Ballet.

The winning family were the Sum family. Three of the family – Anastasia, Araminta and Alexius – are pupils at the school and performed at the festival.

The Kilburn School of Dance was recently chosen to perform in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.