Imperial Open Freestyle and Rock 'n' Roll Championships
24 June 2015
Amanda Hughes reports on this very popular event
The DFR Faculty Committee is proud to present this spectacular event annually. We welcome the opportunity to promote the ISTD and to have a presence on the open circuit supporting freestyle dance. Once again this year the Championships, held on 1st March at the Spelthorne Leisure Centre in Staines, proved to be extremely popular. The event was sold out, with schools attending from around the country. The high energy of freestyle was apparent from the very start of the competition. Competitors ranging from Under 6 to Adult took to the floor for the Championship Solos events demonstrating strength and flexibility throughout the grades. The much anticipated Imperial Dancer of the Year competition was then introduced with the following dancers winning the impressive trophies, kindly donated by Ivor Baker Awards: Beginner Imperial Dancer of the Year was won by Keira Busby; Starter Imperial Dancer of the Year was won by Leah Harris; Intermediate Imperial Dancer of the Year was won by Roni-Lea Farnes, and Champion Imperial Dancer of the Year was won by Jessica Andrews. The spectators were then entertained by a great variety of teams. The choreography displayed was creative and imaginative. Well done to all the teachers who entered their pupils for this event. The Pairs events followed with well matched performances and fantastic solo spots from the Championship dancers. The day finished with slow Solos, the dancers showing good control and floor craft. It was a very smooth-running day of excellent dancing and competition, with special thanks to Paul Streatfield for organising this event so well on behalf of the ISTD.
All photos by Oliver Lashbrook