Warrington Medallist Festival 19th February 2017

The above annual event took place on the 19th February, and thankfully the weather was kind yet again, and everyone arrived on time. A full day of dance including Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Freestyle.

About 250 competitors took part in Juvenile, Junior and Adult events covering all grades of medals from pre bronze to the higher awards.

Our adjudicator for the day was Lee Dudman from Newcastle on Tyne, a British Championship adjudicator who undertook a brilliant job making sure the competitors received his full attention and the correct results on the day.

A new school arrived from Crawley, who I am sure fully enjoyed the experience, and were made so welcome by everyone.

The music was undertaken by Arthur Parr in his usual unflustered style, and no two tracks were repeated throughout the day.

Although Elaine and I undertake a lot of jobs before and on the day, the event could not run without the help of the North West Region members giving their assistance in many forms, so thank you to Howard and Joanne Cookson, Jack and Sheila Rumford, Barry and Jan Greenall, John and Ann Rainey and David and Rita Harrod.

A wonderful day, full of atmosphere and enthusiasm.

Hope to see you all next year on Sunday 18th February 2018 at the same venue.

Roy Sharpe

BATD Medallist Festival
Sunday 19 February 2017
It was with some excitement together with a little apprehension that a small group of pupils, parents and teachers from the Pound Hill Dance Club set off to attend for the first time the BATD Ballroom and Latin Medallist Festival in Warrington. This involved about a five hour drive from West Sussex and two nights in a hotel. However everyone was upbeat and looking forward to the festival.

We received a very warm welcome from Roy and Elaine Sharpe together with his huge army of helpers. We got into the swing very quickly and the pupils did us proud gaining some excellent results. However we must not forget the teachers (Rachel and Lindsay) who did all the partnering, a very exhausting day for them too! Congratulations must also be extended to the other schools taking part, a lovely day had by all.

A big thank you from us at Pound Hill is extended to Roy and Elaine for their hard work and excellent organisation. We hope to make a return visit in the future.

Juliet Swift

What a wonderful Day of Dancing. We set off at 6.45 am to receive a warm welcome by all.

Our under 8’s and u12’s danced fantastic and many 1st, 2nd and final places were awarded. Excellent dancing in the U 16’s. Wonderful standard and excellent results by everyone.

Team match, so splendid routines, very polished from Anne Taylor’s Academy of Dance. 1st place in under 16’s and 2nd in under 12’s. Very pleased as 75% were aged 7!! Good Work!

For the ninth year running Team Match we gained 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. We always work very hard for any competition and never expect to win!

Well done to all the dance school who attended, Good Fun, and some nice dancing.

Thank you to Roy and Elaine Sharpe and all the committee for all your hard work, was also lovely to see another dance school attending this year! Love new competition! Look forward to 2018.

Happy Dancing

Anne Taylor

PM’s Dance Club
Medallist Competition Report
The last Sunday of February half term saw almost 40 of our members heading off down the M6 toward the Alford Halls near Warrington for the 17th annual BATD Medallist Competition. This year the annual ‘battle of the roses’ between our Lancashire school and Anne Taylor’s Yorkshire school had the added interest of a North/South battle as we welcomed for the first time Juliet’s school from London. Roy Sharpe, the man responsible for starting the competition all those years ago, was there to welcome everyone before taking his place on the stage. Roy and Howard made sure everyone was on the floor at the right time – often more of a challenge for the teachers than the contestants! Arthur Parr once again selected an excellent variety of tracks that pleased both audience and dancers. That audience was made up not only of families of the children but members of the North West Region who once again strongly supported the event.

The morning and early afternoon were taken up as usual with the individual ballroom and latin competitions, and the honours were shared out fairly evenly between children from the different schools, with the majority of children getting recalls and placings which is important to maintain enthusiasm and confidence. The adjudicator did an excellent job, putting the contestants at their ease and analysing all the elements of performance to reach balanced judgements as to who should gain the placings in each category. By mid afternoon everyone was getting ready for the off-beat section, which always boasts some exciting routines and costumes. We had 4 off-beat teams entering. Our Senior girls team ‘Rogue’ took an urban streetdance theme, dancing an excellent routine, and again they danced extremely well, but Anne’s senior team narrowly edged it to 1st place. A special mention too to 3 of Juliet’s girls who put together a great routine on the spot for this contest. In the under 12s category Our Primary girls’ team danced a lively routine combining streetdance with video-pop. They danced well. This year they were up against our own Brolvers (our amalgam of Bronze and Silver!) plus our boys’ team (the aptly named ‘Rebels’) and Anne’s Juvenile team. It was a close run thing but in the end perhaps the age, energy and experience of Brolvers’ girls’ team came through, enabling them to claim first place, with Taylor’s Terrors 2nd, pushing the boys into 3rd place! However, it was great that seven of our boys from our ‘Cool Moves’ boys group again joined us; this year due to sickness etc we had had to combine boys from our 2 teams only a week before the event, so they did brilliantly to pull it together. The competition has given the boys a real boost, and increased their enthusiasm not just for their streetdance but also their ballroom and latin, where they entered more of the dances this year, including partnering the girls to enable them to enter the couples rounds later in the afternoon. Our dancers were disappointed at not winning these couples’ competitions, but were against many of Anne’s couples, who clearly regularly dance and compete together as couples. There’s always next year!

Our thanks as always go to Roy & Elaine Sharpe and all those who worked hard both on the day and before to make this event another success, as well as to the pupils, parents and teachers of all 3 schools for creating an excellent atmosphere. It was great to welcome Juliet’s staff and children – we hope they will come again (and perhaps be joined by even more schools?). The young people from all 3 schools were a real credit to themselves and their schools, and as always, we were very proud of all our competitors.

Peter & Viv Mounsey, PM’s Dance Club, Preston, Lancashire.
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