BATD Medallist Competition 28th February 2016

Sunday 28th February 2016 10am-6pm
Venue: Alford Hall, Warrington
Tickets: £9 per entry, per spectator
Entries forwarded to Mr. Roy Sharpe
Entries Accepted on the Day.

All Grades Ballroom, Latin up to 12yrs
All Grades Ballroom, Latin from 12yrs-16yrs

Free Car Park
1st to 6th places in each category
Trophies/ Plaques Awarded
Organizer: Roy Sharpe 01706823927

What a great day was had by all at the 2015 Medallist Festival in Warrington on Sunday 22nd February. Organized as always by Roy and Elaine Sharpe, everything ran like clockwork. The Alford Sports and Social Club was buzzing with the excitement of all the competitors and spectators, which created a brilliant atmosphere for the event.

This year we welcomed Helen Blackburn, who came along to adjudicate for the day. Helen has previously won both the British Amateur Modern Sequence and the British Professional Classical Sequence Championships and is a double Carl Alan Award recipient. Helen and her husband, Steve Shaw, are successful Inventive Dance competitors, triple Classique de Danse award winners and, in 2014, they received a Carl Alan award for their outstanding contribution as a Classical Sequence partnership. Helen must have had great difficulty in selecting her winners as all competitors were presenting their very best dance performances.

Winners of the ever popular Freestyle event were as follows:
Under 11: 1st Limited Edition - Ann Taylor’s school
2nd Taylor’s Terrors - Ann Taylor’s school
3rd = Uptown Tonkers - Stephen Hargreaves school and Shake It Off - Peter Mounseys school
Under 16: 1st Overdrive – Peter Mounsey’s school
2nd I am Ed – Peter Mounsey’s all-boy troupe
Adult: 1st New Image – Ann Taylor’s school

Top five teams in the Team Match were:
1st Team A – Ann Taylor
2nd Team D – Ann Taylor
3rd Team K – Ann Taylor
4th Team E – Peter Mounsey
5th Team H – Ann Taylor

The costumes and choreography of the teams were thoroughly enjoyed by all the spectators and congratulations must go to all the teachers that had input into putting the routines together. Special thanks go to the three special teachers that always support the event and work so hard to get the youngsters there: Stephen Hargreaves, Peter Mounsey and Ann Taylor.

No event such as this can be successful without the help of an army of volunteers who give up their time to help in a variety of ways: Sheila and Jack Rumford - who were on the door and provided refreshments all day long; Jean and Arthur Parr - Arthur having provided the lovely music; Joanne and Howard Cookson - scrutineering, compering and sorting the awards et al; Rita and David Harrod, Ann and John Rainey, Jan and Barry Greenall – festival committee members who acted as prize presenters, raffle sellers and comperes; Steve and Jan Williams – photographs, event report and prize presenting; Mary Martindale – past Chairman of North Western Region and prize presenter. Extra special thanks to organizer, Roy Sharpe, who also carried out scrutineering and compere duties and our lovely Elaine, who also worked extremely hard in providing an excellent luncheon for all the helpers and visitors. Thanks Elaine!

If you don’t want to miss this tremendous event next year, put the date in your diary now: Sunday 21st February 2016
Report: Jan Williams
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