Dancing their way to success
A Blackpool dance studio for children is celebrating after winning a collection of awards at a competition in Wales.
The Dance Place, which has been running for over 30 years, won 35 medals and 15 trophies in a competition at Aberystwyth, North Wales.
Lian Wray, who runs the dance studio, said: “The children did really well.
“We enter a lot of competitions and usually do very well.
“The children should be proud of their achievements.
“They have worked very hard.”
The dance studio has also celebrated the completion of its first ever Acro – Acrobatc Arts –examinations.
Miss Wray said: “ Acrobatic Arts has given the children a really good understanding of structure I think and is teaching them the importance of following instructions.
“These things won’t just help them in their future of dance but their future in general every day things,
“We’ve been doing Acro for years but decided to join the Acrobatics Arts in September so the children could work towards exams.
“The company is based in America and the examiner flew in to examine the children.
“They were very exited and we are very proud of them to have learnt the syllabus so quickly!
“We had 40 children doing the exams aged six to 14.
“All the children got excellent results in these exams and should be very proud.”
The Dance Place which is on Rawcliffe Street, Blackpool, has taught dancers who have gone on to have huge success.
It was founded by Ian and his late wife Gail Wray.
The school offers classes in a variety of dance from tap dancing to acrobatics, ballet to street dancing as well as singing.
The pupils often perform at events around Blackpool and like to perform for charities and have a great long lasting friendship with the Macmillian Cancer Fund.
At the very heart of the Dance Place is Gail Wray’s wish: ‘A wish for every child to find the best within themselves, no matter what their talent, no matter what their circumstance, The Dance Place is a family, where children belong, follow their dreams, have fun and make new friends along the way.’.
For more information visit The Dance Place website: http://www.thedanceplace.co.uk/contact/