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Jersey Eisteddfod 2016 Round-up

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Huge congratulations to our Jersey 2016 away team for all of their achievements last week! The competition was extremely stiff and of a very high standard – however I am so proud of how everyone coped with dancing on a new stage with no prior rehearsal time, and often under rather stressful conditions.

Below is a full-listing of all placings!


Senior tap shield – Ewan Mauger

Most Entertaining Performance – Silver Lining, Senior tap group


Jessica Quittenden – tap

Jessica Quittenden – modern

Ewan Mauger – tap


Joni-May Lowe – tap

Sian O’Hanlon & Grace Purvis – ballet duet

Ewan Mauger – modern

Ewan Mauger – character

Jake Taylor – modern

Jessica Quittenden – greek

Jessica Quittenden – national


Junior modern group – Rollin’

Senior modern group – Freedom

Senior tap group – Silver Lining

Katy Martin – tap

Lea Phillips – ballet

Emily Gregson – modern

Jemima Vhadra – modern

Lea Phillips – modern

Miriam Botzanhardt – song

Lottie Reynolds – song

Abigail Dempster – character

Miriam & Ivy Botzenhardt – song duet

Ewan Mauger – ballet


Senior modern group – The Shadow

Clemmie Reid – ballet

Caroline Forget – modern

Katy Martin – modern

Saturday 12th March – Dance World Cup Qualifiers

On our final day in Jersey, we had just 3 dances competing, but an excellent three dances!


Children’s tap solo:

Ewan Mauger received a joint silver medal and is through to the finals with his tap solo! Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of Elisha Horsepool before her tap solo, but she competing well in a strong class and also received a qualifying mark.

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Children duet/trio tap:

It was then a reasonably quick change for those two into their duet to “They Both Reached For The Gun” from Chicago, for which they won a GOLD medal, and are through to the World Cup Finals in June! Throughout rehearsals Ewan & Elisha worked well together, attending hour long practices on Saturday afternoons, and rarely made a tap out of line! A well deserved medal for the two of them, and the best possible way to finish off our DWC qualifiers in Jersey.

Keep your eyes peeled around the end of June for how we get on competing against the rest of the world!

Friday 11th March – Dance World Cup Qualifiers

Here is the round up for Friday 11th March at the Dance World Cup Qualifiers in Jersey!


Childrens’ modern solos:

Lily Reid received the highest Guernsey qualifying mark in the girls’ category, and will be dancing at finals! Ewan Mauger (in the separate boys’ section) received a gold medal for his solo, and will also be dancing at finals! Rebekah Le Friec performed beautifully in a dance that was extremely technically challenging with lots of turns and leaps, and received a good qualifying mark. Clemmie Reid was the first competitor in her section of 40 dancers (therefore the youngest dancer), and really held her own against other, older girls.

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Junior duet/trio:

Olivia Le Friec & Jessica Quittenden danced a duet to “How To Save A Life”, and were the top Guernsey qualifiers – and made it through to finals! To get through to finals in the upper age categories is no mean feat, and the girls should be extremely proud of themselves for this achievement – I know I am!


Children duet/trio:

Rebekah Le Friec, Giorgia Phillips & Lily Reid danced a trio to “Thousand Years” (which proved to be a popular song at these qualifiers!), and won a silver medal for their efforts! They will also be dancing at the finals in June.


Children group modern:

Finally, at the end of the evening as I was finishing off teaching, I received a message that my group modern piece, “He Lives In You” had won a GOLD medal, of course through to the finals, and had been invited by the judges to perform at their gala evening on Saturday night! Unfortunately 3 of the girls could not change their flights last minute as they were all booked up until Monday morning, but just the fact that they had been invited is compliment enough!