Rennie Dance Academy students, through to the finals of the RAD South East Awards are Evie Ashdown, second left, and Elena Neeter, centre right, holding pink finalists letter.

Dancers win through to finals of RAD South East Awards

Four students from the Rennie Dance Academy have won through to the finals of the Royal Academy of Dance South East Awards.

They are Evie Ashdown, seven, from Newick and Elena Neeter, eight, from Framfield, who were successful in Class A, Grade 1, of the Sussex heat.

Amelie Hanson, ten, from Uckfield was successful in Class C, students in Grade 4 and 5. She was previously a finalist in 2015 and placed runner-up in the grand final then. Amelie is also an associate at Tring Park.


Amelie Hanson through to the finals of the RAD South East Awards for the second time.

Charlie Levett, 15, from Uckfield, was successful in Class D. Charlie was also a previous finalist and has danced with the Royal Ballet Junior Associates and studied at Elmhurst School of Ballet.


Charlie Levett, also a finalist in the RAD South East Awards for the second time.

Rennie Dance Academy principal Kirsten Rennie-Carter said all at the school were very proud of the students’ achievements, especially as the judge commented on the high standard of work shown.

Kirsten said she was looking forward to watching them in the finals.

The Sussex heat of RAD South East Awards was held at Brighton College, on Sunday, February 26.

The awards are run bi-annually and heats are held in five counties in the South East culminating in the grand final in London at the RAD headquarters in May.

The competition is open to RAD registered teachers in Sussex and the children need to have passed a relevant grade for their class to qualify for entry.

More than 120 students took part from across Sussex and only a few students in each class were selected as finalists.

The judge Darren Parish studied at the Australian Ballet School and is a freelance international teacher and former professional dancer.

The finals are usually judged by a celebrity such as Wayne Sleep in 2015 and Lauren Cuthbertson and Gary Avis from the Royal Ballet in 2013.

• 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 Children’s Activities or Dance.

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