Sudbury pair miss out in top dance finals

Joey Hogger and Leah Wallings, both 17, reached the live finals of the UK Dance Elite championships at Sadler's Wells. ANL-150923-130506001

Joey Hogger and Leah Wallings, both 17, reached the live finals of the UK Dance Elite championships at Sadler's Wells. ANL-150923-130506001

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Two dance students took part in the Live finals of the UK Dance Elite Championships at Sadler’s Wells on Sunday.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupils Leah Wallings and Joey Hogger, both 17, took part in the finals, repeating performances that saw them to success in the Sudbury Dance Festival earlier this year.

Unfortunately the pair failed to be chosen as one of the 20 best acts that now go through to the live finals in October at the Forum in Kentish Town.

The competition is a diverse dance championships, discovering the best dance acts from across the country in a wide range of styles.

The pair performed in front of a panel of prestigious judges from the dance industry, including Natalie Lowe of BBC Strictly Come Dancing fame.

Leah and Joe performed their lyrical contemporary duet which successfully gained them top marks at the Sudbury Dance Festival earlier this year, the highest marks ever given.

Having already been selected from hundreds of others to compete in the round in Sadler’s Wells, the students were in the running for the top prize of £5,000 and a full dance scholarship to Hollywood which includes master classes and agency showcases.

“This is a fantastic achievement for two students, who joined the Academy in the Sixth Form last year,” said their dance teacher at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Natasha Barnes-Smith.

“They have really benefitted from our facilities here, going from strength in contemporary dance, both here and at DanceEast, where they attend regular classes.”