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Two Great ISTD Events

Two Great ISTD Events

16 April 2018

Our Bursary Awards and advanced training at The Lowry combined two superb events into one day

The prestigious ISTD Bursary Awards were held at The Lowry, Manchester, on 21st January 2018. The day also included student and teacher master classes and seminars taken by three leading vocational schools – The Royal Ballet School, The Hammond and The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training.  

"My students were captivated watching the Bursary Awards; it inspired them"

Teachers were treated to an up close and personal insight into the training methods of these three vocational schools. Techniques and training methods were shared, showing how students progress and develop as individual dancers. At the same time 62 students aged 9–16 years took part in three different master classes; jazz, ballet and contemporary.

A wonderful performance of the Bursary Awards followed in the Quays Theatre showing an excellent standard of dance from all the theatre faculties. During the adjudication of the awards we were treated to performances from The Hammond School and The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training. The icing on the cake was the launch performance of the new Intermediate Tap Syllabus – a rare and spectacular insight into this new work.

"The demonstrations were excellent and teachers enjoyed connecting with one another"

The difficult decisions were made by adjudica­tors Pippa Moore (Premier Dancer with Northern Ballet), Sarah Baker (Head of Dance at LIPA) and Antonio Borriello (freelance teacher and performer) with Imogen Chambers winning the Junior Category, Junior Winner Teacher, Paula Dymock and Senior Winner, Emma Mardegan and Senior Winner Teacher, Susanna Planio. Many congratulations to all performers. Overall it was a successful day to analyse training, learn from one another and to observe inspiring performances by young dancers of the future.

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