Dancing school celebrates successes

Just Regional
May 3, 2023 3 mins read

A family-run dance school is showcasing its talent and versatility through a string of successes.

Two students at Aylsham-based Sutton School of Dancing have achieved top notch exam results. Another has progressed to a prestigious dance school.

And one of the teachers has been leading sessions at the world’s largest dance convention in London.

The exam triumphs are for Madeleine Bell, 14, and Megan Andrews, 17, who won marks of more than 90pc for their ballet and tap grades, putting them within the highest achieving students for their age and grade within the International Dance Teachers Association.

Megan Andrews (left) and Madeleine Bell in action

Teacher Shaun Taylor, the grandson of the school founder Barbara Sutton, praised the “fantastic set of results” adding: “the school was extremely proud of the students that took examinations for their achievements. Their hard work and determination is outstanding and a credit to the local community.”

Madeleine was recently successful in auditioning for the English Youth Ballet to perform in their upcoming production of Swan Lake which will be performed at Norwich Theatre Royal in July, but cannot appear due to other dancing commitments.

Former Sutton student Autumn Gilding-Hewitt has gone on to study and perform at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, where Shaun said she is enjoying her time and gaining exceptional training from some of the best in the industry as she pursues her dance dream.

Autumn Gilding-Hewitt is pursuing her dance dream

Shaun’s second trip to teach tap at the Move It dance convention at the Excel centre in London saw him lead a mixed ability open group. The event celebrates all forms of dance styles, with classes taught by some of the leading artists in the dance world. He said he was pleased to share his knowledge and love for dance with students from all over the world.

Shaun Taylor (front row, green top) teaching tap at the Move It convention

Sutton School of Dancing runs fun, friendly and family-orientated sessions in Aylsham Drill Hall and at Briston. It has around 100 students doing tap, ballet, freestyle, acro, modern and contemporary styles for all levels and abilities.

Commenting on the recent successes Shaun added: “We want people to enjoy dance for exercise – but it is always pleasing when a student finds a passion for it and wants to make it a career.

“Some go on to take professional level qualifications which means they can audition for professional shows or go on to teach. And they are a great inspiration for younger students who see what they can achieve if they have the talent and drive.”

For more information about classes visit the website

www.suttonschoolofdancing.co.uk or contact suttonschoolofdancing@yahoo.co.uk or call 07470065579.

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