Pattisons is delighted to announce they won Gold in the Vocational School category at the recent Dance School of the Year Awards 2018.
Celebrating it’s 100th anniversary of vocational lessons, Thomas Pattison established the first dance classes at Pattisons, since then, his daughter Betty and now his granddaughter, Elizabeth McConnell, leads one of the oldest established theatre schools in the Midlands, situated on the Binley Road, Coventry, that can boast of many former pupils who have made noteworthy careers on both stage and screen.
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. 32 schools were shortlisted across four categories.
Judges Brenda Last OBE and Terry Etheridge, as well as special guest Angela Rippon CBE, joined over 140 dance teachers and their supporters at a glamorous black-tie event at Woodbury Park Hotel in the beautiful Devon countryside to present the Awards to the lucky schools.
Schools were judged on their professionalism and business acumen as well as the personal development of all the staff.
Head of Theatre Arts at Pattisons, Monique Roberts, was thrilled with the award:
“No matter what the result, we were very proud to be representing Pattisons amongst 140 of the biggest and best in the Theatre Arts teaching world, so to be awarded such an accolade was amazing! It’s especially poignant as we enter the 70th Year of the academic school and the centenary year of our vocational classes. We have an exciting year of events planned and look forward to welcoming former members of the Pattison family from all across the world, to join our large reunion event next July”.