Local girls dance success


Lidia and Emelia celebrate

Two young Eastleigh dancers are celebrating success at the annual Southampton Stage Dance Festival. Emelia Adams (8) and Lidia Slominski (9) won the gold medal for their age group dancing a character duet entitled ‘Peter Pan and his Shadow” which adjudicator Judith Vardy described as “well sychronised” and “charming”.

The girls said they were thrilled that their performance had enabled them to improve on the bronze medal they won performing the routine at the Portsmouth Music Festival in February.

The Dance Festival which is being held at The Point in Eastleigh, is a registered charity run by unpaid volunteers and receives no public funding, no government grants, no lottery funding and no Arts Council grants.

It is dedicated to providing the opportunity for young people to perform in public and to receive advice and encouragement for professional adjudicators.

Both the girls are students at the Sue Merrett School of dance, one of many local schools participating in the festival and they attend weekly lessons held in Fair Oak and Horton Heath.

The Sue Merret School, currently celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, is fielding a full list of competitors many of whom have also tasted medal success since the festival started on Saturday.

One parent, an Eastleigh resident, 54 said:

“Last year Eastleigh Borough Council subsided a Polish dance troupe from Wroclaw to the tune of £60,000. It’s a shame they can’t do more to help support local grassroots dance”

The festival runs at the Point all week.

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Southampton Stage Dance Festival

Sue Merrett School of Dance