Dancers see off the competition at awards

Back row from left: Isla Harrison, Daisy Bishop. 'Front row from left: Leah Kennedy, Dulcie Allsop, Nancy Allsop, Lottie Casserley
Back row from left: Isla Harrison, Daisy Bishop. 'Front row from left: Leah Kennedy, Dulcie Allsop, Nancy Allsop, Lottie Casserley

Young dancers from the Jayne Marie Dancing School are celebrating their success in the annual British Arts Awards.

Six groups from the school, based in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, won through to the finals of the prestigious national competition, taking six first places, and a further two groups gained second places.

The finals were held at the Polish Institute Theatre in London’s Hammersmith and at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Principal of the school, Jayne Wilson, said: “I am so proud of all our talented pupils and proud of our wonderful teaching team too.”

There were also successes in solo and duet categories.

Daisy Bishop, aged 17, from Hemel, won first for Advanced Ballet, Advanced Lyrical Modern, and Advanced Modern.

Daisy also came second in the All Round Performer Award and was given a scholarship to the summer school at The Brighton Academy.

Isla Harrison, aged 16, from Bourne End, came first for her Dramatic Art solo in the Senior Medal section.

Nancy Allsop, aged 12, from Berkhamsted, came first in the Intermediate Medal song and drama sections, won first with her nine-year-old sister Dulcie, for a drama duet, and came third in the All Round Performer section. Nancy has been awarded a part-time scholarship with the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School from September.

In the Junior Novice section, Leah Kennedy, aged eight, won first for her character and acrobat solo, came second for ballet and second for All Round Performer.

Lottie Casserley, aged eight, came first for drama and modern dance solo and came third as an All Rounder.