Chloe Hanson accepts her Class Prize at the Janet Cram Awards.

Dance successes for Uckfield sisters

Two sisters, Chloe and Amelie Hanson, who are taught at the Rennie Dance Academy, which runs classes at Uckfield and Newick, are celebrating success.

Eleven-year-old Chloe, who attends St Paul’s School at Burgess Hill, did well at the finals of the Janet Cram Awards and won the class prize for approach and response.


The Janet Cram is a national modern dance competition held annually with five heats around the UK culminating in a grand final in London.

Chloe was chosen from the Southern Heats in Staines in May to go through to the ifnal and was competing against the top 30 students from around the country. Only five awards were presented, so Rennie Dance Academy principal Kirsten Rennie-Carter said that made her achievement “extremely exciting”.


Chloe has been taking classes at the Central School of Ballet in London over the past year, while continuing her classes in ballet, modern, tap and jazz at the Rennie Dance Academy.

Her sister Amelie, ten, who attends St Philip’s School in Uckfield, was also awarded a commendation at the Janet Cram Awards and has recently been accepted as a junior associate at the Royal Ballet School.

Only a handful of students are selected by the school each year.


Amelie Hanson who has been accepted as a junior associate at The Royal Ballet School.

Amelie will take classes on Saturdays at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden while continuing her classes at the Rennie Dance Academy. She was also a finalist at the RAD Awards in London in May.

Amelie’s acceptance also follows a long line of of previous sucessful students from the Rennie Dance Academy to the Junior Associate programme and the Royal Ballet School, and comes as former pupil Isabella Knights, 18, is preparing to graduate from the Royal Ballet School Upper School in July.

Kirsten said: “Needless to say we are extremely proud of the girls’ success and are looking forward to a bright future ahead of them.”

• Contact details for the Rennie Dance Academy can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Dance, or Children’s Activities.

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