Wales & West Awards
Sunday 11th FEBRUARY 2018
Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, Wales, NP44 1PL
Originally named the Mabel Ryan Regional Awards, the Wales and the West Awards started in around 1990. These awards give children the experience of performing on stage in a relaxed and happy atmosphere.
There are three sections: Junior, Middle and Senior. Competitors perform in groups on stage, demonstrating a series of exercises from Port de Bras to Allegro, followed by a set dance from that level. Spectators are always encouraged. The Vacani Award (Junior) for the Joy of Dance, and the Pamela Miller Award (Middle and Senior) for Musicality are adjudicated separately within the competition
Junior - aged 9 or under on 1st September of the year preceding the competition, and holding Grade 1 or Standard 2
Middle - aged 12 or under on 1st September of the year preceding the competition, and holding Grade 2 or Standard 3
Senior - aged 16 or under on 1st September of the year preceding the competition, and holding Grade 4 or Standard 5
Students holding Intermediate Foundation or Intermediate may not enter. A competitor who has won an award may not enter for that level again.
For further information about these awards please contact : -
Organiser: Carol Goode
Tel: 01633 771830
Organiser: Jacqui Everson
or 07962 233396
wales & west AREA AWARDS
REVIEW & RESULTS 2018
We were very fortunate to welcome Darius James, Artistic Director of Ballet Cymru, to adjudicate this year’s Wales and West Cecchetti Awards. They were well attended with 114 children participating from 9 dancing schools.
Mr James came onto the stage after the Junior section and again after the Middles and Seniors had danced to talk to the dancers and the audience and to present the awards. He congratulated all the dancers on their dancing and his comments ensured that they all felt valued. He praised the dancers for their hard work and understood that for some it was a new experience to dance on stage. Mr James advised all the dancers to demonstrate their joy of dance and to really express this to their audience and he stressed the importance of keeping the eye-line high and projecting outwards. He also advised the dancers to be mindful of fully stretching their legs and feet, and of extending their line by using their upper body well, to ensure that their technique is sound.
Kathryn Lawrence presented the Junior work; Carol Goode, the Middle work and Jacqui Everson, the Senior work. After presenting the awards Mr James thanked Carol Goode and Jacqui Everson for organising the competition; Penny Hughes for accompanying the dancers so musically; Linda Uruttia for preparing a delicious lunch. Mr James showed his appreciation of all involved in making this a positive and joyful experience for the children. Flowers and wine were presented to Penny Hughes and Darius James.
Helen Dubovie Brown
Winner Ellie Young, Samantha Reed
Runner Up Melody Chan, Kathryn Lawrence
Vacani Award Joy of Dance Daisy Ellis, Samantha Reed
Winner Faith Sorlie-Pring, Fiona Bartlett
Runner Up Molly Williams, Lesley Tipples
Pamela Miller Musicality Award Amelia Johnson, Jacqui Everson
Winner Ruby Beard, Kathryn Lawrence
Runner Up Neve Salisbury, Lesley Tipples
Pamela Miller Musicality Award Chloe Chan, Kathryn Lawrence