Chippenham dance school celebrates a host of medals

This Is Wiltshire: Members of the FitzGraham Academy of Dance Members of the FitzGraham Academy of Dance

Youngsters at a Chippenham dance school are celebrating after winning a clutch of awards at a competition.

Children at the FitzGraham Academy of Dance won a total of four gold medals, six silvers and a bronze at the Longwell Green Dance Eisteddfod, Bristol.

They competed in a range of styles including ballet, modern, lyrical and street dance.

Co-principals of FitzGraham, Rebecca Petty-Fitzmaurice and Wendy Graham, said the youngsters had practised endlessly to perfect their routines.

They said: “The students have worked tirelessly and we are so thrilled for them to have their talent and hard work recognised and celebrated. They all truly deserve it.”

Miss Graham added: “Competing in festivals gives students the additional experience of performing on stages of various sizes and getting to compete against other talented children. “Dance is a hugely-competitive field and it helps to ensure that they are always striving for their best.”

Student Tara Morris won three gold medals – classical solo, lyrical solo and classical duet with Corey MacDonald – and the Anne Allen Cup for gaining the highest score (87 points) in the five to ten years classical ballet category.

As well as a gold medal, Corey also won a silver for his lyrical solo and bronze for his classical solo.

Lily Thomas and Holly Harris scooped silver for their classical duet, Ella Thomas won a silver for her classical solo, Gemma Skinner won a silver for her classical ballet solo and the youngest competitor, Isla Petty-Fitzmaurice, four, picked up two silvers in classical solo and modern solo.

Many of the students scored such high marks they are now eligible to enter the All England regional final, where they will compete against the best in the south west.

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