Amelie Hanson with Wayne Sleep and Lynn Wallis after being a runner-up in the final of a Royal Academy of Dance competition.

Success for Amelie in finals of dance competition

Eight-year-old Uckfield ballet dancer Amelie Hanson was a runner-up in the finals of a Royal Academy of Dance competition this month.

Amelie, a pupil with the Rennie Dance Academy which runs classes in Uckfield and Newick, was one of 90 finalists competing at the RAD headquarters in London after regional heats of the South East Awards involving more than 500 dancers.

The final featured young people from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, and Surrey, as well as Sussex.

Each competed in one of four levels and took part in a class led by a senior RAD teacher in front of judges including Wayne Sleep, RAD vice-president and Lynn Wallis, RAD artistic director.

Amelie’s teacher Kirsten Rennie-Carter, principal of the Rennie Dance Academy, said the young dancer, who attends St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, did very well and it was exciting for her to meet Wayne Sleep after the competition.

Wayne Sleep said: “The standard on display has been very encouraging. The dancers demonstrated fine technique and clearly relished performing in front of a crowd, which is always a joy to see.

“Dancing in front of an audience is crucial for young dancers to develop their technique and performance skills, and makes it easy for us professionals to spot emerging talent at events like the RAD South East Awards.”


Eight-year-old Amelie Hanson, a runner-up in the finals of a Royal Academy of Dance competition.

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