Kelly Shirley School of Dance Northwest Dance Challenge 2012
AFTER sweeping the board at local Ormskirk competition, Variety Stars, two weeks ago, dancers from the Kelly Shirley School of Dance, based at their own studios in Burscough and sponsored by Booths, have once again had major success at a prestigious Liverpool Dance competition.
41 of the schools dancers returned to the Northwest Dance Challenge 2012 at the Liverpool Empire, on Sunday November 15, to defend their title of Northwest Dance Challenge Cabaret Champions 2011and walked away not only with their title in tact, but also adding the Open Classical title to their credits, with three first places and three trophies across the competition.
Judging the event were Liverpool’s own Danielle Wheeler, from the musical ‘42nd Street’; Deana Difrancescantonio, experienced dance professional and teacher; Natalie Dignam, currently touring with ‘Grease The Musical’ and Marcquelle Jermaine Ward, an experienced street dancer with many championship titles and TV credits to his name.
The dancers competed in the 16years and under Cabaret Section with their routine ‘Jive Me Crazy’, which took the first award of the night, closely followed by a first place for ‘Reflections’ in the Open Cabaret section and then ‘Titanium’ took first place in the Open Classical section. The dancers were delighted to have been awarded the ‘triple’ and enjoyed every minute of their performances at the Liverpool Empire.
School Principal Kelly Tobin said: ‘I would like to say a massive congratulations to all my amazing students for completing 'the hat trick' at the Liverpool Empire! The standard of this competition was extremely high this year so to retain our position as winners was an exceptional feat; to walk away with one winners title, let alone three, is incredible. I think we may be needing more shelf space for the three enormous trophies.' Event organiser Sharon Collins of Smile Productions said: ‘Congratulations to all the dancers, very well deserved wins!’
The Kelly Shirley School of Dance offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Show work, Competition classes, Acrobatics, Pas de Deux, Drama, Vocal Coaching and Irish dance classes for boys and girls of all abilities aged 18months – 21years. The students are in training at the moment for a full programme of shows and competitions during 2012. For more information please contact Kelly on 01704 824918, or 07772 490430.