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.

Entry Criteria

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
Tel:01495 756567
or 07962 233396

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The Wales and the West Awards were held on 12th February at the lovely Congress Theatre in Cwmbran, a venue where we all feel at home. Jacqui Everson welcomed everyone to the awards and introduced our adjudicator for the day Patricia Vallis.   Miss Vallis is the Communications Officer with our local Ballet Cymru and is an eminent ballet teacher and choreographer. She is also a regular teacher at the Welsh Cecchetti Associates.

The Awards commenced with the students in the junior section with Kathryn Lawrence presenting the work. She was accompanied by Penny Hughes who regularly plays for the Welsh Associates classes and the Royal Ballet Associates.   Miss Vallis was then invited onto the stage to give her comments and announce the winners. She was delighted to see so much interest in dance and thoroughly enjoyed all the performances. Amongst other comments she mentioned “always listen to your teachers”!

After a delicious lunch prepared by Linda Urrutia for all the teachers, the afternoon commenced with the Middle Section and, following a short break, the Senior Section. The Middle Section was presented by Carol Goode with the Senior Section presented by Jacqui Everson. The adjudication for both of these awards took place at the end of the day.  Miss Vallis’s comments were “to work on focussing the mind to control the body, which should be reflected in the eyes showing clarity” and “to remember to use the fingers to lengthen the line”.  The general feeling was that the standard had been raised this year.

Miss Vallis felt very honoured to be asked to be our adjudicator and thoroughly enjoyed her day.Two competitors presented beautiful spring arrangements to both Patricia Vallis and Penny Hughes.Another very happy awards day!

Carol Goode



Winner Molly Williams, Lesley Tipples
Runner Up Melody Chan, Kathryn Lawrence
Vacani Award Joy of Dance
Amalie Davis, Lesley Tipples

Middle Section

Winner Neve Salisbury, Lesley Tipples
Runner Up Jennifer Miller, Lesley Tipples
Pamela Miller Musicality Award  Noah Avis, Jacqui Everson

Senior Section

Winner Mia Porretta, Carol Goode
Runner Up Rhian Lamnick, Jacqui Everson
Pamela Miller Musicality Award Elodie Chard, Jacqui Everson