Following a highly successful summer at the All England National Dance Finals, Swindon Academy of Dance is looking ahead to 2014, which will be the school’s 25th anniversary.
Commenting on the competition academy principal Sarah Watson said: “The National finals were the culmination of hard work over a two year cycle, including local festivals and regional competitions.
"This year was particularly tough as a new ruling meant that only the top two dancers with honours from an area could go through from the regionals.
“Nevertheless we were very well represented at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London during the last week of July, with a number of our dancers achieving medals or fourth place with honours.”
Describing the Academy’s ethos Sarah said: “We have a very happy environment; all our students mix well together from the youngest to the oldest and it’s like an extended family.
“We are strict on behaviour too, and when teachers from other schools comment on how polite our students are it’s worth more than all the medals we bring back. When our dancers are in their uniform they are not just representing the Academy they are representing Swindon as well.”
Two students have completed the National Youth Ballet summer school this year and in September the whole Academy enjoyed workshops with visiting West End dancers and performers.
Outlining her plans for the school’s anniversary celebrations Sarah said: “There’s going to be a show at the Wyvern in February. It will be good to see as many of our previous students as possible there.”
The Academy accepts boys and girls from as young as 2 years and 4 months into its classes at Abbey Meads, Blunsdon and Haydon.
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