Helen Wingrave Award 2019
1 October 2019
A message from this year's winner Jenna Rushton
I am extremely privileged to be the recipient of the Helen Wingrave Award from the National Dance Faculty this year and to have been able to attend the ISTD Summer School in Chichester. As a child I worked my way up through the ISTD grades in National, Tap, Modern and Ballet then progressed to a three-year teacher training course under my mentor, Cathi Conroy-Jones, at the North Liverpool Dance Academy. My love of National Dance grew throughout my college course, where I completed my Advanced 2 examination and continued on to gain my Associate qualification. I have now completed my Licentiate and currently train DDE and vocational level National Dance students at North Liverpool Dance Academy. I am working towards my Fellowship qualification and am excited to participate in the Summer School to expand my knowledge and develop my National Dance teaching skills.
I also have a strong interest in work within the community and after completing a BA Honours Degree in Dance with Drama and Theatre Studies, I utilised my experience of National Dance to work with people delivering English Country Dance workshops. I found this to be extremely rewarding and going forward would like to continue with this line of work as it is something that I am passionate about. I would like to thank the National Dance Faculty for this opportunity.