Clitheroe performers in Manchester theatre awards

OUTSTANDING: Ribble Valley Dance students Kane Taylor and Emily Billington. (s)
OUTSTANDING: Ribble Valley Dance students Kane Taylor and Emily Billington. (s)

“Outstanding” was the word used to describe two young Clitheroe performers when they were both entered into prestigious Manchester theatre awards.

Emily Billington and Kane Taylor, both 15, were nominated to participate in the International Dance Teacher’s Association Theatre Awards, held in Manchester on February 16th.

The nominations came from dance examiners who spotted their outstanding performance skills in exams in 2012. Both are training in various dance forms at Ribble Valley Dance.

The IDTA Theatre Awards take place annually, with 300 students being chosen from over 6,000 exam candidates around the world to compete at the Royal College of Music in Manchester, in front of a panel of judges with the opportunity to win a cash prize.

Emily, a Ribblesdale High School student, took part in an audition-style Theatrecraft class taught by Tim Stanley, who is currently the dance captain in the west end production of Mamma Mia. She hopes to pursue a career in dance when she has completed her education.

Kane, who attends Bowland High School, competed in the tap dance section of the competition, taught by experienced performer Ashley Nottingham, who is currently performing in the new production of “A Chorus Line” in the west end.

Having recently taking a principal role in Clitheroe Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society’s “Kiss Me Kate”, Kane is now in rehearsals for Bowland’s next production “Fame”.

Lindsay Pollard of Ribble Valley Dance commented: “Gaining experience from such talented industry professionals was an invaluable opportunity for these young dancers, both of whom show exceptional talent and potential. They continue to work hard towards their next examinations and commit themselves to hours of practice each week on top of their academic workload. They should be very proud of what they have achieved.”