IDS Dance School of the Year Award is launched
The UK’s first-ever nationwide search is on, to identify and celebrate the Dance School of the Year. The IDS Dance School of the Year Award is the initiative of IDS (International Dance Supplies). Applications were opened to over 7,000 dance schools which are currently trading with IDS, with over a hundred submitting applications, culminating in a shortlist of 8, reflecting schools from three different categories: up to 100 pupils, over 100 pupils, and vocational schools.
The shortlist is Rosemary Rehm Dance Academy (Spain), Elaine Howarth’s Centre Stage Dance Studio, (West Yorkshire) Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School (Kettering, North Hamptonshire), Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts (Haywards Heath, West Sussex), Procter Dance Academy (Crosby, Liverpool), English National Ballet School (London), Anthony Clifford Studios Ltd (Romford, Essex) and Liverpool Theatre School (Liverpool).
The four winners of this prestigious award will be announced at a glittering gala dinner to be held at The Palace Hotel, Torquay, on Friday 1November 2013, in the presence of IDS Ambassador Wayne Sleep OBE.
The panel of judges comprises Anne Walker MBE (CEO of International Dance Supplies), and Ami Martin (resident Dance Teacher and Business Relationship Manager of IDS), joined by special guest judge Carrie Mollay (past Vice President of Lifestyle Ventures USA, publisher of international dance magazines including Pointe) with additional judging provided by Editor of Dancing Times, Jonathan Gray.
The award winners are selected on the basis of the school’s business health and growth, and its contribution to dance and to the local community.
“The number of schools that entered was phenomenal, and the standard is incredibly high, so we have had a very hard time selecting for the shortlist, however each of the shortlisted schools stood out as a great ambassador for the dance industry,” enthused Anne Walker.
Each category winner will receive a £500 IDS Voucher, with the overall winner receiving a massive £1000 spending spree with IDS plus two tickets to the 2014 International Dance Teacher Conference to be held at The Royal Ballet School, London.