A Watford based dance school is thrilled to be one of the shortlisted schools in this year’s Dance School of the Year Awards.
Executive director of The Dan Tien Performing Arts Studios, Amy Lazzerini, said the team is looking forward to the award ceremony, which will be held virtually on October 23.
She said: “To receive news like this at such an uncertain time was a real boost to our team, who have worked tirelessly over the last six months to continue to provide high quality performing arts tuition to children in Watford and the surrounding areas. We are all looking forward to the virtual award ceremony.”
Finalists represent schools of all sizes and all genres from ballet to hip-hop and ballroom to contemporary.
Entries were received from across the UK and Europe as well as Canada, USA, Bahrain, Brunei and Australia and were in five categories (Up to 100 students, 100-150 students, 151-250 students, 251-350 students, over 350 students).
This year there will be a special award presented to the dance school who has shown innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dance School of the Year Awards was founded by Anne Walker MBE – former teacher who ran numerous dance businesses – to celebrate the achievements of dance schools.
Anne 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.
“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 dance teachers everywhere.”
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