JOEL Morris Dance Academy was a huge success at this year’s Bournemouth Dance Festival.
Students from Shanklin Dance Academy returned to the island in great shape, having secured a number of first, second and third places.
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This means that many of Joel’s students are now ready for the All England Dance Festival semifinals in the summer of next year.
Among those who tasted success that day was Abbie Sykes, 16, of Ryde, who even won the ballet championships on the last day – a competition in which participants are invited to dance if they won. their solo ballet during the week.
Throughout the event, Sadie Newnham, 11, of Newport, secured first place for her solo ballet, while Chloe Neale, 13, of Ryde, finished first in the character solo and modern solo categories. .
Jasmine Willets, 15, of Cowes, placed second in her solo ballet, and there was a second place for Ava Cowen, 13, of Shanklin, in the modern solo category.
Beth Morgan-Huws, 14, of Atherfield, Ava Cowen and Jasmine Willets, also got third place in the ballet solo, solo character and lyrical solo categories, respectively.
Eight-year-old Lily Williams of Ryde took third place in the debutant category in solo ballet, while nine-year-old Martha Kendall of Shanklin took second.
Ballet duo Joe Barlow, ten, of Shanklin, and Erin O’Donnell, ten, of Ryde, finished first in their class, as did Erin Plimley, 14, of Brighstone’s ballet trio, Emily Martin, 13, of Newport, and Ava Cowen.
The trio of Lotti Paine, 14, of Sandown, Jasmin Willetts and Beth Morgan-Huws, also placed first.
The awards went to classical lawyer Jasmine Willetts, and top marks for the classical ballet solo went to Abbie Sykes and Joel Morris.
Two weeks before the Bournemouth event, Joel and his band took part in the Solent Dance Festival and also came home with a harvest of medals.
The trio of Erin Plimley, Emily Martin and Ava Cowen again placed first, with the trio of Ellen Careless, 12, Niton, Annabell Smith, 11, Ryde, and Sadie Newnham finishing second.