Congrats, congrats and more congrats to our lovely Charlotte Stones who last week qualified for Miss Dance of Great Britain 2017, the International Dance Teachers’ Association‘s annual competition, bringing 55 of the best dancers in the country together in a celebration of all things glitz, glam and stretched feet!
Charlotte has again qualified with her Tap number, Little Lautette, a charming dance delivered in a sea of orange and pink sequins, making this her second time appearing on Blackpool’s Winter Gardens stage.
We can’t wait to cheer her on as she joins Rebecca, Alex, Bree & Jack (Dance Master) representing our Sheffield dance school in June. Well done Charlotte!
The first of our Senior girls is stepping into the world of legal drinking today as our lovely Bree Ella Quinton turns 18.
Bree began dancing at our school at the ripe age of 3 years old when her mum and former pupil Stacy brought her along. Her distinguished dance career had its humble beginnings from her first appearance as a little chicken in Our Favourite Things 2002 at the University Drama Studio and her first competition dance age 4 to Out of Town, to the heights (so far) of performing as a Semi-Finalist in Miss Dance of Great Britain 2016 and winning the IDTA’s Modern Jazz Performer Award.
Bree has been nominated to compete in the IDTA’s Theatre Dance Awards every year since 2012, and in 2015 was the first pupil in the school’s history to get nominated in all four disciplines in the same year: Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft & Modern Jazz.
We were particularly overwhelmed with pride earlier this year when Bree performed at the IDTA’s Theatre Dance Awards, the blue ribbon event of our dancing world, to win the Modern Jazz Performers Award. She was asked to represent the IDTA at the Theatre Dance Council International’s British Championships.
Recently, Miss Quinton took 5th place at Danum White Rose Championships in the Ballet category while also making it through to the semi-finals of the Song & Dance section.
Over her time with us, Bree has performed on both Sheffield Theatres’ stages, appearing in pantomimes from the age of 7 at the Lyceum and also appearing in the Crucible’s production of Kes in 2014.
For the time being, Bree is concentrating on her A Levels and applying for dance colleges. Happy 18th Birthday Miss Quinton, you’ve given us a lifetime of proud and happy memories, and we hope you go on to create more.
A huge congratulations are in order for our extremely talented and hardworking Bree Quinton and Jack Skelton who yesterday secured their places in the IDTA’s prestigious national competition, Miss Dance and Dance Master!
At their Orpington heat, Bree & Jack impressed the adjudicator enough that it was a clean Berry Academy of Dance sweep for both Miss Dance and Dance Master. This will be Bree’s third time competing in Miss Dance, where this year she made it to the semi-finals with I Dreamed A Dream. Bree is currently the IDTA’s Modern Jazz Performer of 2016.
15 year old Jack will be making his first appearance at Dance Master next year with his fantastic tap routine as a cheeky porter. Jack recently took the lead part in Ecclesfield School’s production of High School Musical as Troy Bolton, and he also made it to the East Coast Tap Championships semi-finals earlier this year.
We must also congratulate our Rebecca Hanneman for taking runner-up in her heat this weekend, and wish all the best to Becky, Bridie, Alexandra, Charlotte & Eve as we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before they make it through to Miss Dance of Great Britain 2017.
Congratulations Jack & Bree, we can’t wait to cheer you on!