Thank you to all pupils who performed at the heats on Saturday 19th November
The standard of all the entries was very high and our judges had a very difficult task to select the finalists. Over all there were 47 entries in total and we have selected 24 to perform at Prize Day. Well done to everyone who entered.
The selected finalists are as follows-
JUNIOR SOLOISTS – Elodie Goulds, Lola Hartley – Drewe, Gabriella Nwankwo, Nathaniel Bates Fisher, Cicely Humphries – Elvis
INTER SOLOISTS – Beth Sanders, Emily Coulson, Leona Coleman, Zachary Bates Fisher, Ophelia Humphries – Elvis
SENIOR SOLOISTS – Ellen Wyllie, Alice Berry, Lucy Hemsley, Danny Traves, Caitlin Carvall
JUNIOR DUETS and TRIOS – Rosie and Poppy; Cicely and Pia; Alicia, Rocio and Grace; Lauren, Sara and Eva; Ivy, Lola and Ivy
INTER DUETS and TRIOS – Maya and Eva; Isabelle and Sophia; Laura, Rianna and Julia; Esme and Lily.
There will not be a Senior Duet/group section. However our senior choreographer Lucy Hemsley will present two pieces to be performed on this evening.
Please can all finalists continue to practise this week. You should arrive at 5.00pm on Saturday and to get ready and warmed up. Please also prepare costumes, decide on your hair and make up and all the finishing touches to make your performance the best it can be. There will be a winner and runner up for each section.
We are extremely honoured to announce that Miss Karen King FISTD, ARAD, Cert Ed will be our adjudicator the evening.
Karen King is a renowned teacher with many years experience teaching at vocational level before founding ‘The Centre’ in 1997. Miss King still enjoys teaching all students at The Centre.
Miss King was a committee member and examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for many years. She was jointly responsible for the creation of the grade 3 – 6 modern syllabi and was previously a member of the boy’s sub-committee, where she worked as part of a team to create the boys general graded and vocational graded modern syllabi. Miss King was involved with the training of teachers and examiners for the I.S.T.D. and regularly lectured at headquarters, the I.S.T.D. Summer School Chichester and at many teachers groups across the country. Miss King has recently successfully completed a Cert. Ed. in Post – Compulsory Performing Arts Education at The Institute of Education, London and is currently a member of ISTD Council.
Miss King has close connections with many active professionals who are currently performing, choreographing and directing on national tours, in the West End , on television, in films, and on cruises. These professionals frequently visit ‘The Centre’ to give master classes and valuable insight into the current trends of the industry.
Miss King believes ‘Excellence is only achieved through real understanding’.