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All England Dance Regional and National Gold Medallists celebrating outside the Peacock Theatre in London's West End.
After two years preparing and competing at local festivals and the All England Dance North London Regional Finals in May, 13 dancers from Jacqui Ison School of Dance & Theatre Arts battled it out against some very strong opposition from the rest of the country at the All England Dance National Finals, held at the Peacock Theatre in London's West End from 29th July to 6th August 2011. The squad was placed in 14 sections, taking home 27 medals, including 12 Gold.
Pupils competed in solo, duet, trio and troupe sections in various styles including classical ballet, modern, tap, national, song and dance and classical Greek .
Principal, Jacqui Ison, commented "the pupils had to compete to a very high standard just to get to the Regional and National Finals, which in itself is an honour and wonderful experience. However, with everyone from the squad winning a medal, it was a truly magnificent achievement."
One of the school's pupils, Lauren was invited to perform her winning classical Greek solo at the closing Gala, alongside Lauren Cuthbertson and Wayne Sleep, current and former principals with the Royal Ballet respectively. Having also won Gold in the Intermediate Greek Trio and Silver in the Intermediate Greek troupe, Lauren was presented with the Anne Tyrer Greek Dance Award, which carried a cash award for further training.
During August, two ballet pupils won places against hundreds of applicants to train with around eighty dancers from many countries at the prestigious English National Ballet International Summer School. Well done to both girls, and to Isabella who won the "Joy to Teach" award.
Congratulations to other pupils Catherine and Sophie who secured coveted places at the London Children's Ballet Summer School, to Jessica who performed at the Royal Academy of Dance and a place with the Chelmsford Ballet Company and to William who performed in Sheffield with the National Youth Theatre.
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