Ribble Valley top dancers impress professionals

Dancer Elizabeth Griffiths
Dancer Elizabeth Griffiths

Four talented young dancers showcased their skills in audition-style classes for the International Theatre Dance Awards.

The young artists from Ribble Valley Dance, Clitheroe, were nominated by examiners for their successful performance in exams during 2013 and performed at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester.

Elizabeth Griffiths (12) was nominated for achieving a distinction in the IDTA Ballet Grade 5 exam in March 2013.

A pupil of St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, she is a highly talented dancer who also attends associate lessons with both The Royal Ballet School and Northern Ballet.

Meanwhile, Kane Taylor (16) was nominated for his success in the IDTA intermediate tap performer exam in July. This was his second nomination for the theatre awards.

About to take his GCSEs at Bowland High School, Kane has also just performed the lead role of Jean Valjean in the school’s production of “Les Miserables” and has also played supporting roles for Clitheroe Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Milly Wardle (21) and Lucy
Read (21) both received high marks in the IDTA Advanced 1 modern jazz examination, a culmination of many years of training in this discipline.

The girls were led through an almost two hour gruelling class by professional dancer and dance captain Ashley Nottingham.

Lindsay Pollard, principal of Ribble Valley Dance, said: “It is always a delight to see my students succeed and to have their skills 
and talent recognised by examiners, and other professionals makes me incredibly proud.

“This is a highly prestigious event in which only the top 2% of dancers are offered the chance to take part in classes led by industry professionals – such as West End choreographers and professional ballet dancers.

“Learning to dance gives young people many skills – not just the ability to 
perform steps – including self-confidence, discipline, presentation, determination ... and many more.