Pair target dance careers

STRIKE A POSE: Students Hannah Dood and Joe Lee have been identified as having exceptional dance talent.
STRIKE A POSE: Students Hannah Dood and Joe Lee have been identified as having exceptional dance talent.

TWO Sudbury Upper School students are taking big strides towards carving out a career in dancing.

Hannah Dodd, 16, and Joe Lee, 17, have been identified as having exceptional dance talent and potential in dance, and are training with the DanceEast Academy in Ipswich while studying at the Tudor Road school.

The academy is one of nine government-funded centres for advanced training in dance, and it provides part-time professional training for the two students.

“The scheme is designed to allow young dancers with exceptional talent and potential to access high-level training, while completing mainstream education, before progressing to full-time training and careers in dance,” said school spokeswoman Pip MacKay.

The academy provides part-time professional training to young people aged between 10 and 18.

Students train during evenings, weekends and school holidays in ballet and contemporary technique, health and fitness, performance, creativity and other dance styles.