Friday, March 16, 2012

Kelly Shirley School of Dance Spring success at the Northern Stars Dance Competition Ormskirk March 2012

Northern Stars Competition winners Ormskirk March 11th 2012

Dancers from the Kelly Shirley School of Dance, sponsored by Booths, and based at their new studios in Burscough had an extremely busy but extremely successful weekend!  Article and photos sent in by Fiona Hicks from the Kelly School Of Dance.

On Saturday 10th March the dance school performed with a 50 strong troupe at ‘Dance Spectacular’ , a DJ Productions event held at The Globe Theatre, Blackpool.  They were invited to both open and close the show with two of their highly acclaimed dance routines.  Organiser Susan Jones said “Thank you Kelly Shirley School of Dance for a fabulous performance, you are all stars”.

To follow this,  on Sunday 11th March, 20 of the dancers travelled into Liverpool to take part in the Liverpool Naval Club Talent Competition.  They performed three routines and won the competition with new routine “Jive Me Crazy”, taking home both the winners title and prize money!

On the Sunday evening there were more performances as the troupe and soloists from the school took part in the final of the Northern Stars dance competition at Ormskirk Civic Hall.  The dancers from the school, who successfully auditioned to take part, were up against over 40 other dance acts from the area.  The judges of the competition: Adam Marshall – Principal of AJ Dance, Joan Durham, previous principal of her own dance school and Matthew Gregory from the Southport School of Dance, said “The standard of the competition was incredibly high which made the judging extremely difficult, all the dancers who made it to the final show were exceptional and it made for a very exciting and entertaining competition

The title of Northern Stars Winner 2012 was awarded to The Kelly Shirley School of Dance for their routine ‘Latin Fever’.  Dancers from the school also took second and third  places with the associated trophies and prize money.  In second place were Witney Thompson and Holly Stephens with a Lyrical Duet.  In third place came Jessica Mahood and Sophie Howard with a Jazz Duet.

2nd Place winners - Witney and Holly
Event organiser Amanda Baldwin was delighted with the performances of the dancers.  Amanda said "The Kelly Shirley School of Dance were the clear winners in an extremely competitive event.  The standard of dancers entering the competition gets better every year and this goes to show what an amazing wealth of talent we have in this area."

3rd Place winners - Jessica and Sophie

School Principal Kelly Tobin said "The dancers have worked extremely hard on their routines for both the Saturday and Sunday events and have been well rewarded for their dedication.  I am extremely proud of their talent, and professionalism."

The Kelly Shirley dancers who took part come from the Ormskirk, Southport, Burscough, Skelmersdale and Tarleton areas and range in age from 5 years old through to seniors.

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 18 months – 21 years.  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.

Thank you Kelly School of Dance for sending in this article and for the photos. Congratulations on your success.

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