Ballard School Dancers ‘Highly Commended’ at National Competition for their Creative Performance

7th November 2018

Dancers from Ballard School in New Milton have received the ‘Highly Commended’ Award at the National ISA Dance Competition.

A talented group of dancers from independent school, Ballard, have been recognised at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Dance Competition. Held at Reddam House Berkshire, the ISA Dance Competition brought together youth dancers from schools across the UK.

Showing off their skills in the KS4/KS5 competition category, Ballard School’s Senior Visions Dance Company received the ‘Highly Commended’ Award for their F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise) performance. The group of girls included Megan T, Kate D, Jasmine B, Jordan T, Imogen S, Isabella R, Amy L, Holly P, Millie S, Emily P and Ana S.

Sharon Ladbury, Head of Dance at Ballard School, said:
“It was a great day with many schools performing across all key stages in a variety of styles. Our girls were very professional throughout, including Megan and Jordan who also entered the ‘Dance-Off’. The whole team flew the flag brilliantly for Dance at Ballard!’’

The Ballard School Visions Dance Company is a programme for the ablest dancers in Years 6-11. They meet weekly for intense dance tuition, which gives them an opportunity to develop their dance vocabulary, technique and choreography skills. At the tournament, the girls also got to see Maisie Wignall perform the Lindy Hop. Maisie is a former pupil who left Ballard in 2016 to study Dance and Performing Arts at the Arts Educational School in London.

Sharon continues:
”We had a good catch up with Maisie, who performed an amazing dance with her youth company. It was great to see her and how well she is clearly doing following her time with us’’.

Andrew McCleave, Headmaster at Ballard School, said:
“I was delighted to hear that our pupils performed to an outstanding level at the National Dance Competition and I am pleased to see their achievements recognised with the ‘Highly Commended’ Award’’.