Friday, 8 April 2011


Arabesque Dance and Theatre Academy from Long Eaton are celebrating yet another fantastic Start to the year. After enjoying performing their first show “I Believe” back in December (at Wilsthorpe Community School) it was hard to believe that the pupils would have the energy to excel any further, but in true Arabesque style, 46 competitors took to the stage at their most recent dance competition, Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts and gained and record 33 places (1st 2nd and 3rd) and were awarded 5 trophies.

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Pictured are some of the competitors with their medals and trophies from their first competition of2011, pictured with their trophies from bottom to top awarded for winning their sections are Faith Hepburn Novice 6 & 7 years Modern Solo, Maisie Shearing, Alice Walster & Maddie Unsworth Junior Classical Trios, Ella Kirkham Novice 8 & 9 Tap Solo, Lily-Grace Cooper one of the dancers from “A Tribute To The King Of Pop” who were awarded the Junior Street Troupe Trophy, Chloe Fothergill Novice 6 & 7 Years Tap Solo and Helena Thorpe 14 & 15 years Modern Solo.Also pictured bottom right is Betsymae Kirkland-Ball (13) who was selected from over 200 dancers at the Whafedale Festival Of Performing Arts in November, to compete for the Festival’s Irwin Mitchel Solicitors Bursary Award, Betsymae was successful in beating 9 other dances to the award and gained a large financial prize towards further dance training.

Also pictured across the back are members of the Adult Team “Dancin’ Through The Decades” the 19 strong team took to the stage and won their section for the 3rd time running, last year they were asked to perform again to open the closing ceremony of the 2010 Derby Arts Festival. On Saturday 26th March they were also invited back to the 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert for the Colsterworth Festival to perform their routine as the Finale to this prestigious event. Many Adjudicators comment on how enthusiastic all of the team members are and how nice it is that lots of the parents are involved with the classes at the Academy.

The Academy Principal Mrs Kerry Brooks-Ball commented on “how extremely proud I am of all the pupils, competitors and none competitors who all work extremely hard in class and who all including the parents work as one to support and encourage all”.
Kerry Brooks-Ball pictured far right with her assistant Katherine Hardy pictured far left are overwhelmed by how much the Academy has grown and achieved since they opened their doors in September 2008. Kerry wants to thank all the pupils and parents for their continued support and Miss Kerry & Miss Katie wish all their pupils the very best with the Academy’s plans for the rest of the year.

For more details on classes contact Mrs Kerry Brooks-Ball on 07808790857 or 0115 9724355.