Success for Dales dance school pupils at exams taken remotely

From left to right, Alana Hodgson and Eva Midgley who both took their Grade 8 examination and will be leaving for University and Vocational Dance College in September.

Forty dance students aged between 6 and 18 were faced with the postponement of their ballet exams when the Royal Academy of Dance examining body sent all their examiners home due to the impending Covid-19 crisis just three days beforehand.

Just before the lockdown started it was agreed that the young dancers at Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance could take their exams remotely with everything being filmed and then emailed off for marking.

After a long wait the results have now been returned with all the students passing and those taking vocational exams earning with distinctions or merits.

For two of the students in particular the outcome was a great relief.

Alana Hodgson and Eva Midgley who will be leaving for University and Vocational Dance College in September have both been dancing with Janet since the age of three and were able to complete their Grade 8 examination, the highest level available.

Alana said: “I absolutely love dancing at the Janet Seymour school of Theatre Dance, which I’ve done since I was three.

“It has provided me with so many opportunities, including performing in shows, being in the pantomime and going on a German Exchange Trip.

“We are so lucky to have such a talented and versatile teacher living here in the dales.

“Janet goes above and beyond to help us all and at the moment my class is having 5 lessons a week on Zoom.

“We are all so grateful and I can’t wait to continue dance classes with her when I’m home from university.”

Eva says: “My result for Grade 8 Ballet was a really lovely way to end my 15 years dancing with Janet, and I shall miss everyone at the dance school very much when I move to take up my place at Northern Ballet School in Manchester.” [kofi]