REPORT: Dynamic dancing success at Taunton Arts Festival

This is The West Country: YOUNGSTERS from the Lucy Gunter School of Dance, which garnered festival success. YOUNGSTERS from the Lucy Gunter School of Dance, which garnered festival success.

IT only feels like yesterday that I was writing the report for our Centenary year, and here we are a year on after another successful Dance Festival.

Children from all over the South West performed and demonstrated their talent in front of our adjudicator Jill Baldock and an audience at Kingsmead Community School, Wiveliscombe.

Over the two days soloists, duets, trios and groups from the ages of 6 to 21 performed all different styles of dance, and with their fabulous costumes, the festival was truly a magical place.

A big thank you to the dance section co-opted members for their continuous help and support. And thank you to all the parents for supporting the event and to the teachers for dedicating their time and fantastic chorography.

The 2015 Dance Festival will be held at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on June 12-14.

New classes of Contemporary and National dance will be introduced. If you would to find out more about the festival please contact: Natasha Ballardie via the Festival website at www.tauntonmusicdramafestival.org or follow us on Facebook.

Listed below are this year’s trophy winners. Well done to all that entered. We look forward to seeing you next year!

TROPHY WINNERS 2014

*Jacqui Taylor memorial award: Highest mark in a Tap Solo – Jessica Collingwood

*Janice Blake award: Artistry and Performance – Daisy Orme

*Nicky Jenks Cup: Most Promising Junior – Fleur Aplin

*Destination Dance Cup: Most Promising Senior – Lucy Byrne

*Dance Festival Cup: Highest mark in a Solo – Lucy Gunter Dance and Theatre Arts Centre

Festival Centenery Cup: Highest mark in a Group Dance – Jenna Picton

NATASHA BALLARDIE

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