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Award winners: Issy Cheetham, Leah Wareing, Jess Berry, Lucy Hesketh and Niamh Cairns
Award winners: Issy Cheetham, Leah Wareing, Jess Berry, Lucy Hesketh and Niamh Cairns
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More than 100 pupils of the Sutcliffe School of Dance collected awards in ballet, tap, modern jazz and freestyle at a presentation night at Longridge Cricket Club.

The evening began with a talent competition won by Charlotte Johnstone and Leah Wareing with Issy Sutcliffe, Imogen Harrison and Katy Procter runners-up.

There was also a raffle including a photoshoot prize with photographer Caroline Holden, to be featured on the poster of the school’s next show ‘Just Dance 2013’ in April.

The first three were for the highest mark given by IDTA examiners over the past year.

The first was for ballet and went to Louisa Robey who scored 90% for Classical Ballet; the tap winner was Leah Wareing with 87% for grade 1 and in freestyle Niamh Cairns and Lucy Hesketh both achieved 93%.

Jess Berry won the category for being technically very good and always putting her heart and soul into classes.

Best newcomer went to Maisie Clash; Issy Cheetham was rewarded for putting extra practice into her exams and Molly Bryden won the award for most stylish dancer.

Teacher Janet Sutcliffe said: “We’re celebrating the achievements of our pupils. We have maintained our fantastic 100% pass rate and 95% of results are higher than the national average.”

Janet thanked Heather Holden and Lindsay Cheetham, saying they enabled younger students to reach their full potential.

She also thanked the Hesketh family for their support, and Cheryl Thornton Charnley, Charlotte Livesey and Jacqui Monks who judged the talent competition.