Dancers’ delight at winter success

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Aspiring young dancers are celebrating after enjoying a bumper winter period which saw students achieve top marks in their exams.

Youngsters at the Michelle Hatton School of Dance and Performing Arts walked away from their International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) examinations with a 100 per cent pass rate in November.

The up-and-coming dancers then twirled, whirled and lept their way to victory, after all 200 students were assessed at the school’s annual awards, and many were presented with special awards. Michelle said: “The awards are taken very seriously and is a very difficult task to decide the winners as all students individually bring something very special to the school. I am very proud of each and every one of my students”

The award for Determination went to Tegan Holmes Patrick, Achievement to Isabelle Canning, Most Improved to Chloe Ogden and Most Promising to Lily May Kemp-Nicholson.

And Vicky O’Neill was crowned Choreographer of the Year, while Natasha Clifton was presented with the award for Outstanding Performance and Dedication.

Michelle added: “Having impressed the examiner so much, Natasha Clifton was nominated for an IDTA Freestyle Scholarship, for which she will audition for in May.

“I am so proud of Natasha, she has worked incredibly hard this year and is very deserving of this nomination.”

Now, the youngsters are gearing up for an all singing, all-dancing performance at Bridlington Spa on Saturday January 23, with the performance of ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’.

This year’s show features special guests Dance Floor 54, Elite Dance & Theatre, Italia Conti Hull, Garage Dance Studio an singer Lauren Marsburg.

The performance begins at 7pm with adult tickets priced at £10 and children’s and OAP’s at £7.

Tickets can be booked the Spa Royal Hall’s Box Office online at or by phone on 01262 678258.