Wendy Bates School of Dancing

Celebration Evening

This years celebration evening was extra special as we had three surprise for Miss Bates.

The first surprise was that were weren’t only celebrating the school success but Miss Bates 40th Anniversary of being a qualified dance teacher, which is a fantastic achievement.

The second surprise was Mrs Hufton (the current NATD president) who we invited to present our awards for the evening. Mrs Hufton has been always been there to support to Miss Bates over years and it was lovely to have her with us.

The third surprise was a video to Miss Bates from past and current pupils to say massive thank you for everything she has done for so many pupils over the years. Some past pupils also attended the evening and it was great to see some familiar faces again.

Well done to all those pupils who took part in the summer exams and collected their awards.

Congratulations to the pupils who were selected as the new dancers of the year.


Dancers of the year

This is long standing tradition where each year the teachers select the dancers of the year and present the following awards at presentation evening:

Overall dancer of the year

Ballet dancer of the year

Tap dancer of the year

Ballroom and Latin dancer of the year

Freestyle dancer of the year

Commercial dancer of the year

Gymnastics dancer of the year

Modern dancer of the year

Contemporary dancer of the year

Highest exam mark

Effort (in memory of Mrs Whotton)

The awards are not given to a particular age range, anyone who attends the school has a chance of being selected.