Penzance dance studio comes home with massive medal haul from national competition

Members of the Big Dance Company in Penzance and their recent trophy haul (Image: Big Dance Company) A dance company from Penzance has once again shown it is one of the best in the UK when it brought home a truck load of awards. Dancers from the Big Dance Company came home with 74 trophies at the recent Encore Dance Championships held at Brean Sands in Somerset.

It was the first real live competition for the company, based in Penzance, Cornwall, which is in the process of securing a permanent home in the town, since the first lockdown saw dancers practice at home in their bedrooms. At the competition the BDC minis dancers aged only six to eight-year-old had a clean sweep and were awarded champions for ballet, jazz and contemporary. The national competition attracts top studios from across the UK and Ireland to compete in commercial, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre and tap and the talent was incredible, the dance company had strong competition.

The groups were not only awarded top places for their group routines but the dancers also took top places for their duos in commercial and lyrical. Top class judges were Britain Got Talent finalists Flawless leader Christian Alozie, House of Jazz Christie Lee Manning, as well as industry professionals Kane Silver, Emily Golding Ellis and Christabelle Huddleston. Esha Dawson who has been dancing with the Big Dance Company since she was nine and is now a student teacher was selected by all the Judges as the judges’ choice top dancer from the whole competition after standing out not just for her performance and technique but her professionalism, motivation, kindness and support to others.

Director Fiona Richardson said: “This past year has been so tough on these kids, nearly losing the building and trying to stay connected through lockdown and this proves how determined and resilient they are.

We are just so proud of them and their families for staying focused and not giving up.”

Meanwhile the Big Dance Company is having a free drop in and dance Christmas week from December Monday 13 to Thursday December 16.

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