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A copy of the article printed in a local newspaper.

Plaudits from the Queen

Wednesday 29 July, 2015

We are exceptionaly proud to publish a copy of an article printed in a local newspaper highlighting plaudits received from the Her Majesty the Queen!

"Her Majesty was pleased to see England's success this year and over the course of the past two years. She has asked me to send her congratulations and good wishes to all the members of Team England."

Dancers help win top title

Team England triumphs in world cup

Talented youngsters from Stortford did not put a foot wrong as they helped Team England triumph at the 2015 Dance World Cup.

For the third year in succession, the nation's rhythmic representatives topped the standings against 37 other countries. 

Pupils from Jacqui Ison School Of Dance And Theatre Arts, in Southmill Road, won nine gold medals in three separate disciplines - efforts which even gained plaudits from the Queen.

They represented their country as 3,000 children from around the world - whittled down from the 18,000 who auditioned - came together for the finals in Bucharest, Romania. 

Nine-year-old Amber Cook won the tap solo competition in the mini section which was for those aged nine and under. She gained another gold medal in the mini tap duet section with fellow nine-year-old Millie Boxall.

In the junior section, for those aged 13 and under, Inez Pars ell and Ella McGran, both aged 13, won gold in the national duet contest. Completing the haul of nine gold medals between them, Amber, Ella, Inez and eight-year-old Madeline De'ath won gold in the national quartet.

Their vital contribution, with five points for each gold, helped Team England win the mini and children's country and also the junior and senior awards. The team finally triumphed against the Spanish contingent to the overall title - by just 30 points.

They have since received plaudits from the Queen. A letter sent on behalf of the monarch by a senior correspondence officer said: "Her Majesty was pleased to see England's success this year and over the course of the past two years.

"She has asked me to send her congratulations and good wishes to all the members of Team England." 

Principal Jacqui Ison said: "It's a spectacular event. To think that these humble dancers all attend local Bishop's Stortford schools and were on the big stage in Romania ... they loved it.

"It really was quite different for them to travel there and to be in a different environment and to perform under those conditions.

"For young children it's quite a Jot to expect, but they went out there and did their best and believed in themselves.

"They were really excited by the whole experience."

In total, Team England gained a haul of 49 gold medals, 46 silver and 46 bronze at-the contest which ran from Sunday, June 28, to Saturday, July 4.

In 2014, Jacqui Ison Dance School won four gold and five bronze medals from the finals in Portugal and they are already looking ahead to competing at the 2016 Dance World Cup in Jersey.

Before that, from July 24 to August 2, they will compete at the All England finals with more than 100 of their pupils competing.