Chatsworth dancers celebrate success

From right: Carole Cundale, Lauryn Dean, Jo Starkings, Nicole Jackson, Ella Camponi. Below, From right: Jo Starkings, Amber Morley, Ella Camponi, Lauryn Dean, Nicole Jackson, Emma Ryder, Lily Fearnley and Ann Atkinson. (S)

From right: Carole Cundale, Lauryn Dean, Jo Starkings, Nicole Jackson, Ella Camponi. Below, From right: Jo Starkings, Amber Morley, Ella Camponi, Lauryn Dean, Nicole Jackson, Emma Ryder, Lily Fearnley and Ann Atkinson. (S)

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Students of a Harrogate dance school are celebrating a string of successes so far this year.

Dancers at Chatworth Dance have achieved a 100 percent pass rate in recent exams and eight students and teachers have been recognised with distinctions, scholarships and places in prestigious dance companies.

Students Nick Dickinson, Nicole Jackson, and Amber Morley have all become students of the Northern Ballet programme in Leeds. The school’s principal Jo Starkigns said:

“This is an excellent achievement and is tribute to their great efforts, talent, and dedication.”

As well as this Nicole and fellow Lauryn Dean were selected from 4000 students nationwide to participate in the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) scholarship awards in Manchester in Feburary for their outstanding results in modern tap and modern jazz respectively. Both performed brilliantly on the day and reached semi final level. Lauryn Dean and Nick Dickinson have been nominated to take part in the ballet scholarships next year, Jo added.

Students Lily Fearnley and Emily Ryder successfully auditioned to take part in the distinguished English Youth Ballet production of Coppelia and are busy rehearsing for the performance which will take place in York, in June.

Teacher Jo Starkings, who already holds an associate qualification for the teaching of ballet and modern jazz, has now achieved distinction at licentiate level of the IDTA.

Finally, Ann Atkinson will be starting her second year teaching for the prestigious Elmhurst School for Dance which works in closely with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She will continue to work at Chatsworth coaching all levels of ballet and preparing students for audition into vocational ballet training.

Jo said: “Needless to say Chatsworth is very proud of all their students and these successes are a testiment to the hard work, talent and commitment of both pupils and teachers. A big thank you to everyone, including our lovely parents who support all we do at the school.

“We are excited to start preparations for our show at the Royal Hall in February 2014.”