Young dancers wow judges at national finals

Wellingborough's Kilburn School of Dance
Wellingborough's Kilburn School of Dance

Young dancers from a Wellingborough group wowed judges at the All England Dance Finals in London.

About 60 pupils from the Kilburn School of Dance, aged six to 18, travelled to the Bloomsbury Theatre in the capital and scooped three first place medals, eight second-place and nine third place awards.

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.

“The pupils competed in all the genres including classical and musical theatre, some as soloists, some in groups. They all did really, really well.

“I’m delighted with how the pupils performed. These were our best ever results.

“It’s all down to hard work from pupils and parents.”

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.”

Lewis Starr, Anastasia Sum and Eleanor Martin performed in the tap trio competition, and came third.

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 I want to carry on professionally.

“We’re training now for our dance college auditions in two years’ time.”