Emily Francis, principal, said: “When theatres closed and live festivals became an impossibility, many competitions went online, the adjudicators watching pre-recorded videos from home and providing valuable feedback to the children. Aged between five and 12, the Boathouse Ballet School students originally filmed their dances between the lockdowns but subsequently re-filmed them, taking into account the feedback they had received. As a result, some of the later videos were submitted from their living rooms, gardens and kitchens.”
Emily presented the dancers with their certificates, medals and trophies, including awards for highest mark for a ballet solo, highest mark for a duet and highest mark for a quartet. Five-year-old Tilly Levett, a pupil at Fittleworth Village School, also received her trophy for winning the Southern Dance Class Awards, which took place live on Zoom.
The whole school has fingers crossed for ten-year-old Littlehampton girl Elisa Stanciu, who has been a pupil of The Boathouse Ballet School since it opened in 2016. She is on the waiting list for a highly-contended place at the Royal Ballet School’s Summer Intensive programme.
Emily praised all her students for their excellent attendance and engagement on Zoom, enabling 11 students to reach exam standard, all passing with either distinction or merit.