More than 1200 dancers took part in Wyre Forest Dance Festival during half term last week (14 – 20 February).
The festival was organised by The Dance Festival Committee with the help of Wyre Forest District Council. It was held at Stourport Civic Theatre Hall and attracted a wealth of talent from across the county.
Over the week more than 2000 spectators were entertained by dances of many different disciplines including ballet, modern and lyrical.
Each competitor was judged by the adjudicator, Karen Collings who ranked each section and gave valuable feedback.
This year’s festival was a qualifying event for the All England Dance Competition. This meant competitors who achieved a certain mark automatically qualified for the regional finals which are being held in Cheltenham in May.
This year’s Championship winners showed remarkable talent with Benjamin Sears from Academy Dance, Worcester winning the Junior award and Alice Barker, also from Academy Dance awarded the runner-up.
The Intermediate Championship winner was awarded to Lucy Morris of Academy Dance. Daniel Richards from Splinters Dance Studio, Kidderminster came in close second.
Kai Cannon also from Splinters Dance Studio in Kidderminster won the senior champion award with the runner up awarded to Grace Rayner from Academy Dance, Worcester.
Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:
“We were delighted with 2015 Wyre Forest Dance festival. It is always a quality competition and once again this year the dancers did not disappoint. The standard was very high and the competition was tough but it was conducted in a really friendly atmosphere. We wish all the dancers who qualified for the next round of the All England competition the very best of luck.”
Picture shows: Junior dancer, Alice Barker from Academy Dance in Worcester collectig her runner-up award from adjudicator, Karen Collings.
See some of the photograph's here.