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A year of success for Leek School of Dance

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Pupils from the dance school, which is looking ahead to 2014 after a successfull year.

Pupils from the dance school, which is looking ahead to 2014 after a successfull year.

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A DANCE school is looking forward to 2014 after a year of success.

The Leek School of Dance, which is situated in Brook Street, Leek, had many successes last year for its students.

The dance school is jointly run by Karen Mellor and Toni-Marie Lockett.

In February 2013, a group of 30 dancers aged 12-18 danced at the 013 Dance Festival at the Regent Theatre in Hanley. The group performed a Bollywood Medley choreographed by Professional Dancer Rose Lockett. Also in February, 150 dancers took to the stage at Endon High School to showcase their talents performing in the dance school's annual dance show which was titled 'Feet Don't Fail Me Now'.

In April a group of 40 dancers from Leek School of Dance, aged 6-21 participated in Mardi Gras in London at Saddlers Wells Theatre. The group performed two dance pieces that showcased the talents of the children at Leek School of Dance.

In May and July, dancers from the school took Freestyle, Ballroom, Latin, Rock n Roll, Irish, Street and Cheerleading exams achieving a 100 percent pass rate for the dance school in all subjects.

Also in May a group of students aged 12-16 danced at the Summer Solstice at The Victoria Hall in Hanley.

Fifty students from the dance school took part in an Inter-Schools competition at the Kings Hall in Stoke in July which saw many of the Leek students winning trophies and awards for their categories in freestyle, ballroom, latin, street and rock n roll.

In August, Elizabeth Claydon successfully auditioned for a part in Guys and Dolls at The Regent Theatre, while Holly Johnson successfully auditioned and gained a part in the pantomime at Buxton Opera House that ran over Christmas.

Also in August, 10 students from Leek School of Dance received GCSE Dance results and all achieved A's, B's or C's giving Leek School of Dance a 100 percent pass rate for GCSE Dance. Dance teacher Toni-Marie Lockett said: "Since January 2013, our competition dance group have been competing around the country in competitions winning lots of fabulous awards.

"Holly Johnson was placed first at the Blackpool Freestyle Championships for U16 Beginners and Alex Porter was placed fourth. Charlotte and Olivia Baron were placed sixth in the Under Tens freestyle beginner's pairs section."

In September, Leek School of Dance began to offer A-Level dance for the first time, with six students opting to take this subject.

Also in September, one of the school's student teachers Stephanie Knight began a three-year Musical Theatre Course at Expressions Performing Arts College Mansfield; while Talitha Leigh a student at Leek School of Dance won a Children of Courage Award. Toni said: "This was a proud moment for us all at Leek as Talitha is a truly inspirational character at the dance school."

Finally on Sunday, October 13, Leek School of Dance travelled to Blackpool to attend the British Freestyle Championships.

Leek School of Dance offers a variety of dance lessons from Ballet, Tap, Ballroom, Latin, Rock n Roll, Disco, Street, Cheerleading and Irish.

For further information call 01538 386557.

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