Dancers from Totnes School of Dance have just returned victorious from Jersey after winning gold and silver Medals at the prestigious Dance World Cup, an annual competition attracting over 3,000 dancers from all over the world.
The winning dancers range in age from 12 – 18 and won Gold in the fiercely fought Senior Classical Ballet Group and Silver in the Senior Classical Ballet Quartet beating dancers from as far away as Poland, South Africa and Austria.
They were the only school from the South West to qualify for this prestigious competition – getting into the England team is a feat in itself.
3200 dancers aged 5 – 24 years arrived in Jersey from 38 Countries across the world to compete at the greatest dance competition in the world. South Africa, Malaysia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Hong Kong, India to name but a few Countries take part each year. Principal dancer, Lauren Cuthbertson, from the Royal Ballet , originally from Paignton flew to Jersey to present prizes and take master classes in Classical Ballet which some of the Totnes pupils attended.
Louise Knapman, Principle of Totnes School of Dance said:
“I am so proud of each and every dancer in our team who pulled together to dance beautifully in the competition. Winning Gold in The Dance World Cup is an incredible achievement and I am delighted that our girls beat off such stiff competition to win. The standard across the world is extremely high and the dancers have achieved amazing results. Totnes have shown the world that they can dance!”
The 13 dancers that took part in the competition all live in South Devon and attend various schools in the area. Two of the older girls are just about to embark on full time dance training leaving Totnes to live in London whilst the others are already looking forward to competing to retain their title in the World Cup in Germany in 2017.
If you would like to come and visit the girls at The Dance Studio or talk to them, we would love to hear from you and arrange a time. Pleasecontact Louise Knapman at firstname.lastname@example.org