Debs Dancer Lauren Woods, 15, who gained the highest Lyrical Modern solo mark at Eastbourne Dance Festival. She received two trophies the Lyrical Cup and the Florence Neal Premier Shield which she is holding here.

Success for Debs Dancers at Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells festivals

Debs Dancers from Uckfield achieved success at dance festivals at Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells last week.

Principal Deborah Lamb said Lauren Woods, 15, did particularly well in gaining the highest Lyrical Modern solo mark of 90 and bringing home the lyrical cup from Eastbourne. Lauren’s choreographer was Zara Breeze.

Lauren, who also received the Florence Neal Premier Shield, danced in the Eastbourne festival’s gala event and was introduced by the chairperson who said:

“Dance Adjudicators do not award a score of 90 marks very often. Only the very best receive that accolade – 90 marks means they were outstanding!

“Two young dancers achieved that much sought after 90 mark. You saw Lauren receive the Florence Neal Premier Shield from the Mayor a little earlier.

“Lauren is sharing that award with Lilly Lovell who, sadly, could not be with us today.  Just to remind you……we had 1604 dance entries…….only two dancers were given 90 marks.

“Lauren has a very bright career ahead of her and with her determination and hard work, you will see her name associated with top dance companies in the future.  Please welcome Lauren Woods dancing the modern lyrical piece she performed to perfection.”

Another Debs Dancer who did particularly well in the recent festivals was Fifi Bloomsbury-Khier, ten. Deborah Lamb said she excelled in gaining the highest Junior Modern solo mark of 88 at Tunbridge Wells.

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Fifi Bloomsbury-Khier, ten, who gained the highest Junior Modern solo mark of 88 at Tunbridge Wells Dance Festival.

Fifi won more awards and qualified for All England in four categories because of her marks.

She won 85 marks and took third place with her character dance choreographed by Laura Farley.

She was awarded 86 marks and took second place with her modern solo choreographed by Laura Farley.

She gained 86 marks and second place with her song and dance solo choreographed by Zara Breeze and Laura Farley.

And Fifi gained 88 marks and was awarded first place at Tunbridge Wells with her Modern Solo choreographed by Laura Farley.

Fifi and Eva Harker tied in third place, with 84 marks, with their song and dance solos at Eastbourne. Choreographers were Sophie Huntley and Zara Breeze.

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Eva Harker and Fifi Bloomsbury-Khier who tied in third place, with 84 marks, with their song and dance solos at Eastboure Dance Festival.

Other dancers who did well included:

Mia Azerkane who gained 84 marks and third place at Tunbridge Wells with her modern solo debut choreographed by Laura Farley. She qualified for All England.

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Mia Azerkane who was third with 84 marks with her Modern Solo debut at Tunbridge Wells Dance Festival.

Freya Woods gained 89 marks and second place with her modern solo at the Eastbourne festival.

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Freya Woods, second with her modern solo at Eastbourne festival.

Freya Woods and Lucy Woolgar who gained 85 marks and third place with their tap duet choreographed by Sophie Huntley at the Eastbourne Festival. They qualified for the All England Dance Festival heats later this year.

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Freya Woods and Lucy Woolgar with their medals for gaining 85 marks and third place with their tap duet at Eastbourne festival.

Gracie Hancock gained 86 marks and second place with her Character solo choreographed by Sophie Huntley. Gracie has qualified for All England too.

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Gracie Hancock who took second place with her Character solo and qualified for All England Dance.

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