Burgess Hill based dance school VBDance have cause for celebration as they have been selected as finalists for a top industry award ‘Dance School of the Year’ founded by Anne Walker MBE and judged by Angela Rippon CBE (Broadcaster and Journalist), Francesca Filpi (Royal Ballet Company) and Paul Haigney (Entrepreneur and Businessman). From thousands of dance schools eligible to enter entries were received from schools of all sizes across the UK and Europe.
Principal and founder of VBDance, Victoria Bremner commented:
“I am over the moon to be shortlisted as a finalist for Dance School of the Year. As a school we constantly strive to give the very best experience and training to our students and this is recognition of all of the hard work put in by the team and our dancers. Since establishing VBDance back in 2006, it has grown as a brand with a reputation for outstanding dance training and its commitment to the well being and personal development of its steadily growing group of pupils. 2017 has been a brilliant year for VBDance, seeing us premiere our 10th Anniversary show ‘Just Dance’ at the Hawth Theatre to critical acclaim. Our students have also gained fantastic plaudits at local Dance and Performing Arts Festivals. Arguably most importantly, our students have celebrated outstanding exam results as well as contributing to the local community too.
Being shortlisted for this award is recognition not only of VBDance’s commitment to its students, but also how we set and raise standards as an outstanding local business. Part of the entry process is being able to convey to the judges the passion we have for the school and what makes us special and different from our competitors. The future is very bright at VBDance, and just to be shortlisted as a finalist for this prestigious award is an absolute honour.”
Anne Walker MBE, a former dance teacher who has founded and run a number of businesses including International Dance Supplies, created these Awards to celebrate this incredible industry. She said:
“Dance teachers should be applauded and celebrated. So much more than just a teacher – they are almost a substitute parent to many of their students as they are role models, mentors and social workers, offering support, stability and a disciplined approach to life. They instil a love of dance, music and theatre which will hopefully turn many students into tomorrow’s theatre-goers, if not performers or teachers. Fellow dance teachers have supported me in my career over many years and now I hope, through these Awards, we can all celebrate the life-long passion for dance and the achievements of theatre dance teachers everywhere.”
The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which will be held at a glamorous black-tie event at the Woodbury Park Hotel in Devon later this month.