Whiteleys’ dancers nominated for awards

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Dancers at Whiteleys’ Academy of Performing Arts have been nominated for awards after gaining high scores in the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) exams.

Four promising performers have been selected by the examiner for the awards which take place in February and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Harrison Buss and Sarah pedley, both 15, and 14-year-old Grace Whitaker all gained their nomination after successfully passing their intermediate ballet exam with distinctions.

Megan Moon, 16, was also selected after obtaining a distinction mark of 96 on her advanced one ballet exam and passing her grade five tap exam with a distinction.

A spokesperson for the IDTA said: “This mark does not happen very often. It is a remarkable achievement.”

Sandy Whiteley principle of the school said: “It’s an absolute privilege for the school to be represented by our students and to be nominated is amazing. They have all worked so hard and this shows that hard work really pays off. We were all delighted when we were informed of the nominations.

“We always knew Megan was capable of obtaining a high mark thanks to our amazing teachers. Megan is now working towards her advanced two which will be her final ballet exam, this is the top exam to take.”

The students are also getting ready for Whiteleys’ annual dance performance at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, November 28. The Portrait of Dance will showcase nearly 200 students aged from three to 18 in all genres including ballet, street and contemporary. Tickets are available from the box office.