Debut Arts Reaches New Heights

Debut Arts are on a winning streak and with the Dance School of the Year Awards fast approaching, can they secure the ultimate prize for theatre dance schools across the UK and Europe?

Now in its 5th year, the Dance School of the Year Awards was founded by Anne Walker MBE to celebrate the achievements of theatre dance schools who so often do not receive the recognition they deserve.

From the thousands of dance schools eligible to enter, entries were received from schools of all sizes across the UK and Europe. 34 schools have been shortlisted across four categories which are:

  • Up to 100 students
  • 100-200 students
  • Over 200 students
  • Vocational Schools (Vocational is a full-time school whose primary purpose is to prepare students for a career in dance and the performing arts)

Judges this year were

  • Entrepreneur and Businessman Paul Haigney
  • Francesca Filpi who danced with The Royal Ballet Company for many years and is now a teacher, judge and adjudicator
  • Broadcaster and journalist and life-long dance supporter Angela Rippon CBE

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which will be held at a glamorous black-tie event at the Woodbury Park Hotel in Devon later this month.

As well as winners in each category there is an Overall Winner who will be crowned Dance School of the Year 2017. Trophies are awarded to winners of all categories as well as prizes provided thanks to the generous sponsorship of Everywoman, Dancing Times and Creative Mouse.

Anne Walker MBE, a former dance teacher who has founded and run a number of businesses including International Dance Supplies, created these Awards to celebrate this incredible industry.

She says: “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. They instil a love of dance, music and theatre which will hopefully turn many students into tomorrow’s theatre-goers if not performers or teachers.

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 theatre dance teachers everywhere.”

We have no doubt that the students and staff of Debut Arts have put all their efforts and talent into securing a place at the final and we wish them all luck on the night. Debut Arts Academy is the North West’s Leading Academy for Performing Arts, find out more by visiting


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