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Loughborough Dance Festival – The Roundup!

Well, what a treat we had over half term this October to be able to visit the Loughborough Autumn Dance Festival, which brings together competing dancers from all over the UK.

It was an action packed seven days showcasing some of the best dancers in the Midlands demonstrating their skills and competing in everything from Classical Ballet to Daring Aerobics. The programme perhaps reached its peak on the final Saturday with East Midlands Tap Modern and Ballet Championship sections comprising a rich selection of very talented young people, followed by the Intermediate Cabaret Groups.

Huge congratulations are due to our local contingent, Charnwood School of Dance, who won a fantastic number of medals and trophies: 42 gold, 72 silver, 61 bronze and 37 fourth place medals, along with 30 trophies. A special mention goes to Keiran Allen who, together with nine other exceptional dancers, was handpicked based on earlier performances during the seven days, and asked to perform in the Bursary. The Bursary, with its prize of an 18" high silver cup and £250, is well worth dancing for! However, Keiran did not just dance a brilliant routine, he managed to dance the best routine and is now the proud owner of the Bursary prize. Well done!

If you would like to get involved with the Charnwood School of Dance, they do currently have some room for more students in their regular Royal Academy of Dance Classical Dance Studies and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance for the stage work – that is Tap Modern and Jazz Dance classes.

If you don't want to get involved with competitive festivals then that is not a problem; the competitions are just a bonus for those that want to participate. As they say, "We all dance at the same school and in the same classes so we can all share in the good stylish dancing and the knowledge that we are here with some of the best dancers in the East Midlands. We're all friends and it's a nice feeling."

Contact the Charnwood School of Dance by phone on 01509 412663 or by email at charnwood_dance@yahoo.co.uk