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This year's Molly Lake Award winner, Sarah Trinder (Susan Robinson School of Ballet) pictured here with James Barton




The finalists pictured below: (from l-r)

Joel Calstar-Fisher (Elmhurst Ballet School)

Amelia Thompson (Academy Theatre Arts)

Erin King (Susan Robinson School of Ballet)

Sarah Trinder (Susan Robinson School of Ballet)

Eve Rutherford (Ballet West)

Samantha Clay (Elmhurst Ballet School)



Photography:  Jez Ward



The tenth – and sadly the last – Molly Lake Award was held at Elmhurst Ballet School in October, when the competitors were given the great opportunity of taking class given by Miss Natalie Leger.  All dancers then performed a two-minute solo from which Miss Brenda Last and Mrs Janet Palmer selected the ten finalists.  These short-listed dancers were judged by Mr. James Barton, a soloist with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the Award, worth £2,000, went to Sarah Trinder, a student of the Susan Robinson School of Ballet.  At 14, Sarah was one of the youngest competitors but she impressed everyone with her technique and artistry in a solo choreographed by Miss Robinson to the music of Minkus.  James Barton also awarded a cheque for £100 to each of five runners-up, pictured above.



use this link to see details of the AWARDS at National Finals 2015

use this link to see all the AWARD WINNERS at National Finals 2015


The All England Dance Competition, founded in July 1923, is the only one of its kind in the world. It is a Registered Charity, affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals, and is a competitive Festival of Theatre Dance for amateurs, children, and students of Theatre Arts.

To advance the education of the public in the Arts and, in particular, the performance, appreciation and the practice of the Art of Dance.

The main purpose is educational.  To provide an opportunity for good amateur dancers to receive the judgement of eminent professionals, to gain experiential knowledge, to benefit from seeing others taking part, to develop their confidence by demonstrating their artistic abilities before both critical and appreciative audiences.

To raise the national standard of amateur performance in theatre dance.  To provide a forum for Dance Education and the professional Theatre.  To increase popular interest and appreciation of Theatre Dance as an enjoyable, sometimes a moving experience and often an entertaining art form.  To further public recognition of dance as an important factor in human social development.  To be a means by which good dancers may become more widely known and by which some may start their careers as professional artistes.

Membership is by subscription and is open to any person who is interested in the objective of the Competition.


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