Dance School of the Year 2020
Winners announced at globally streamed virtual Awards Ceremony
JHM Dance school is delighted to announce they won Bronze in Schools with 251-350 students at the recent Dance School of the Year Awards.
Now in its 8th year, Dance School of the Year was founded by Anne Walker MBE to celebrate the achievements of 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 as well as Canada, USA, Bahrain, Brunei and Australia. 39 schools were shortlisted across five categories which are:
- Schools with up to 100 students
- Schools with 100-150 students
- Schools with 151-250 students
- Schools with 251-350 students
- Schools with 350 plus students
Awards were also made for:
- Innovation in the teaching of male dance
- Accessibility to dance
- Artistic endeavor
- Innovation in the teaching of dance
- Innovation during the covi-19 pandemic
Plus, one school was awarded the accolade of Overall Winner Dance School of the Year 2020.
The Judges were businesswoman Wendy Manfield; Businessman and former IDS CEO Kamlesh Raichura; Choreographer, dancer and teacher Graeme Henderson and director, choreographer, dance teacher and former theatre school owner Alli Coyne. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic ,this year, there was a virtual Award Ceremony instead of the usual red carpet gala evening, but it was as glamourous as ever as teachers, staff and students around the world dressed up to celebrate all they have achieved in the last year as they watched the announcement of the winners live on You Tube.
Schools were judged on their professionalism and business acumen as well as the personal development of all the staff. A good website was important as well as evidence of policies and procedures-especially during this pandemic year when evidence being Covid Secure was essential.