On Friday (20 April) eighteen dancers aged 9-18 along with their parents and teachers from En Pointe Dance Academy in Sutton Coldfield travelled to Taunton for the Southwest Stars competition – a competition open to any dance school in the UK that featured dance schools of a very high standard. Judging the dances were 3 professional performers – Camilla Alicia Bates, Vivian Gayle and Ben-Christopher Harris. Over the weekend the judges also offered workshops for dancers from all of the schools to take part in giving them a chance to learn from professionals within the dance world.
On Saturday the dancers performed solo dances in a wide range of categories including: ballet, modern, acro, song and dance, tap and lyrical. They performed in sections relevant to their age group, some performing more than one style. 13 dancers placed 1st, 7 dancers placed 2nd and 6 dancers placed 3rd, all winning trophies and medals. We then won further medals as 6 dancers won highest score for their age group. Following the solo dances rosettes were awarded to dancers from EPDA for most enthusiastic dancer, most outstanding, most flexible. On that first day we had 4 solo dancers go through to the championships.
On Sunday the duets, trios and troupes performed. The success continued with 3 duets placing 1st, 2 troupes placing 1st, 2 placing 2nd and 2 placing 3rd. The troupe dances included all dancers and a range of styles including ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda for musical theatre, ‘Friend Like Me’ from Aladdin for modern, Chicago for jazz. Again one of the troupes made it through to the championships – Matilda. Overall the dancers achieved more than 140 medals and more than 50 trophies.
The dance school is now in the process of applying to perform at Disneyland Paris and will be recording the audition video to submit at the end of May. Parents of dancers at the school have organised fundraising activities to support this and many of the dancers and their families are taking part the first is a sponsored walk on Sunday 13th May where students will walk 4 miles from the dance school, through Sutton Coldfield and into the park ending with a dance family picnic; the children have been raising sponsorship money for this.
On Saturday 26th May the dancers will be performing at the EPDA show at Sutton Town Hall. This is not the first time the dancers have performed at such a fantastic venue, with 10 of them being selected to perform in 2017 Christmas pantomime and with previous shows also being held there. In support of the Town Hall the fundraising team will be making a donation to the Sutton Coldfield Arts and Recreational Trust from the monies raised.
On the 17th June the dance school will be at the Boldmere Summer Festival where they will also be fundraising to perform at Disneyland Paris.