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					DANCE INTERNATIONAL
    THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE   SEPTEMBER 2008 • VOL 6 • NO. 5




MISS DANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN
           DANCE MASTER UK
AND INTERNATIONAL BALLET CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
MISS DANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN
       DANCE MASTER UK
AND INTERNATIONAL BALLET CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
                                                          by Lisa Sykes




                                           International Ballet Championships, opening ceremony




O
        nce again we arrived in Blackpool on a gloriously sunny June                             was treated to an array of beautifully trained
                                                                                                 dancers performing well choreographed
        day. As we have come to expect Judith Silvester and the                                  work. Six junior and eight senior area and
        Miss Dance of Great Britain organising committee had                                     regional champions competed for this
prepared a day to remember, commencing with a spectacular opening                                prestigious title. The junior champion was
                                                                                                 Olivia Roach and runner up Fae
ceremony from the 52 Miss Dance competitors and the 10 Dance                                     Armstrong. The senior champion was
Master UK competitors.                                                                           Sophie Turner with Samantha Carson as
                                                                                                 runner up.
The day’s proceedings commenced with the          select a winner. However, a well deserved         An electrically charged atmosphere
smooth voice of compère Louis Colletta            winner was found in Kirsty Campbell with       prevailed when the Dance Master UK event
introducing adjudicators Bobbie Drakeford,        Rachael McMahone as runner up and              commenced. Ten talented young men gave
Erica Jeans and Neil Westmorland to view          Samantha Carson in 3rd place. The              exciting and dynamic performances. The
the first performance from the girls and          remaining finalists were Naomi Hannam,         title went to Danny Rowe with Lewis
select twelve for re-call into the semi-finals.   Sophie Turner and Lily Turner.                 Ryland in 2nd place and Dean Wilson in
Later in the day they were joined by                 Additional presentations were the Ros       3rd place.
adjudicator Spencer Solomon and IDTA              Wicks memorial award to Dean Wilson for           The cabaret slot was Warren and Kristie
president Anna Jones to select the six            vocal potential and Sheridan O’Conner          Boyce who gave an amazingly elegant
finalists and find the ultimate winner.           received the John Dilworth award for           ballroom demonstration.
   The standard of the competitors was            promising performance.                            It was a most memorable day,
excellent and the finalists showed amazing           The event also hosted the International     congratulations to all concerned. I look
technique and presentation, it must have          Ballet Championships adjudicated by            forward to next year’s event in the same
been a daunting task for the adjudicators to      Christine Grace. Any lover of classical work   lovely theatre on 7th June.

This event in the IDTA calendar is something not to be missed.             bring magic to the day. Like any competition of this magnitude
The Opera House, Blackpool has such magic. Its history is                  there can only be one young lady crowned Miss Dance of Great
something to behold when thinking of all the great stars past              Britain and one young man crowned Dance Master UK. The panel
and present who have appeared on its stage. Here we are                    of adjudicators have a very difficult task, as there are so
awaiting the appearance of many young dancers all hoping                   many talented dancers. This event has two surprises, the
that, one day, they will be fortunate enough to appear on this             International Ballet Championships which are a joy to watch
very stage as a “star” and go down in the history books as a               and for the big surprise, a cabaret of ballroom dancing by two
legend of show business.                                                   very talented people, Warren and Kristie Boyce.

Miss Dance of Great Britain is a spectacular event and thanks              The final moment was upon us; the announcement of the
must go to chairman and organiser, Judith Silvester and the                winners of Miss Dance of Great Britain Kirby Campbell and
hard working committee - they do a wonderful job.                          Dance Master UK Danny Rowe. Congratulations to you both.

The house lights are dimmed and a slick opening number sets                As we leave the theatre the enthusiasm and excitement is still
the tone for the day. The dancers transformed this competition             in the air so whether you win or have not been successful this
into a dazzling occasion. Congratulations to Louis Colletta, a             year the thing to remember is you have been chosen to dance
charming man who compères this event with his usual charm                  in one of the most famous theatres in the country.
every year. These young dancers are so enthusiastic they                                                                         Yvonne Goût

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Picture Gallery . . . Picture Gallery . . . Picture Gallery . . . Picture Gallery . . . Picture




         Junior Ballet Champion Olivia Roach with     Junior Ballet Championship runner-up Fae       Senior Ballet Champion Sophie Turner with
                adjudicator, Christine Grace          Armstrong with adjudicator Christine Grace            adjudicator, Christine Grace




                                                            L to R: Junior Ballet runner-up,
                                                       Fae Armstrong, Junior Ballet Champion,
          Senior Ballet Championship runner-up        Olivia Roach, adjudicator, Christine Grace,          John Dilworth Award winner,
           Samantha Carson with adjudicator,           Senior Champion Sophie Turner Senior             Sheridan O’Connor with adjudicator,
                      Christine Grace                         runner-up Samantha Carson                          Bobbie Drakeford




          Ros Wicks Bursary Award              Dance Master UK 2008            Dance Master UK 2nd place,         Dance Master UK 3rd place,
        winner, Dean Wilson with Ros’s      Danny Rowe with adjudicator       Lewis Hyland with adjudicator      Dean Wilson with adjudicator
           daughter, Eleanor Claire             Spencer Solomon                       Erica Jeans                        Erica Jeans

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Gallery . . . Picture Gallery . . . Picture Gallery . . . Picture Gallery . . . Picture Gallery




              L to R: Miss Dance of Great Britain 2nd place,
      Rachael McMahon, Miss Dance of Great Britain, Kirby Campbell,              Miss Dance of Great Britain finalists and
         Miss Dance of Great Britain 3rd place, Samantha Carson                        Dance Master UK competitors




                                                                      Miss Dance of Great Britain       Miss Dance of Great Britain
                                        Miss Dance of Great Britain   2nd place, Rachael McMahon        3rd place, Samantha Carson
        Mss Dance of Great Britain       2008 Kirby Campbell with           with adjudicator,                 with adjudicator,
         organiser, Judith Silvester      President, Anna Jones            Neil Westmoreland                 Neil Westmoreland




         Mss Dance of Great Britain 2008 Kirby Campbell in action                Dance Master UK 2008, Danny Rowe in action

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