The Elmhurst Choreographic Competition was once again a huge success and demonstrated the creative talents of our students. From 41 entries across the school, 16 were selected for the final competition and the standard of choreography was exceptionally high. This was remarked upon by our guest adjudicators Edward Watson MBE, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, and Kerrey Nicholls, Artistic Director of Kerry Nicholls Dance Company, who not only expressed their admiration of the young choreographers, but of the technical and artistic quality of the dancers.
The Lower School Judges’ Award went to Diaphanous choreographed by Olivia Chang- Clarke, Year 10. The Lower School Audience Award went jointly to Nine Internal Thoughts choreographed by Amber Meehan and Serena McCall, Year 10, and The First Steps choreographed by Scarlett Brass, Year 8.
The Upper School Judges’ Award went to Primus choreographed by Lorena Hardwick. Whilst the Upper School Audience Award went to VJ Day 1945 choreographed by James Lovell, Year 13. Unfortunately, David Bintley had to send apologies due to work commitments, however in his place, the prestigious David Bintley Choreographic Prize was awarded by Marion Tait OBE, Assistant Artistic Director Birmingham Royal Ballet, also to Lorena Hardwick, Year 13, for her neo-classical piece Primus, based on the early stages of evolutionary development, showcasing animalistic behaviour through movement.
All the Judges thoroughly enjoyed the competition remarking on how talented the students are and encouraged them to seize every choreographic opportunity they can.
Many thanks must go to the Friends for providing the prizes for the competition (Richard Close, Corps Supporter) and to the committee for providing the prizes and running the raffle which raised £271 for the students 'extras'. Congratulations to all the winners!