Dancing stars win awards

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TWO dancing stars have picked up awards recognising their achievement throughout the year.

Pupils Eve Moore, nine, and Annie O’ Neil, 14, who attend classes at Kerry Ledger School of Dance, were presented the awards at a presentation evening last month.

The shields are presented annually to pupils Mrs Ledger and dance teacher Anne Barratt feel have shown outstanding effort.

Eve Moore, of Eley Close, Ilkeston, who attends Granby School, won the junior award and was recognised for her grade one tap exam results.

She said: “I was really surprised and shocked when I found out I had won the shield. I am very happy.”

Annie O’Neil, of Nottingham Road, scooped the senior award – the Doreen Yates memorial shield.

Annie stood out for her modern dance exam results and for her achievement in the scholarships competition in Buxton last October.

The Kirk Hallam Community Technology College pupil also started teaching for the dance school recently and choreographed her first dance for the presentation evening.

She said: “I was very surprised, I didn’t think it would be me this year. I really enjoy dancing and want to study performing arts at college.”

The presentation evening also celebrated 100 per cent success rate in February dancing exams. The evening showcased 21 dances performed by the pupils to an audience of more than 350 people.

Mrs Ledger said: “It is always hard making the decision as you never want to disappoint the other pupils.

“The evening was an opportunity for parents to see the progress that their children are making and also for the younger pupils to aspire to the achievements of the older dancers.”