Three talented young dancers from Weymouth Dance Studio have won gold at the 2019 Dance World Cup in Braga in Portugal.
Harry Lake (18, who has just finished his extended diploma in performing arts at Weymouth College), Harrison Burley (17, half-way through his extended diploma in performing arts at Weymouth College) and Year 10 Budmouth College student Mikey Bailey (15) were part of Team England, in the competition featuring 6,000 performers from 54 countries.
The three boys scooped gold for their hilarious version of “Hello” from hit West End musical “The Book of Mormon” in their Duet/Trio Song and Dance category, scoring an amazing 94.3%. The routine was choreographed by teacher Keely Shaw.
Harrison and Mikey competed together in the Junior Modern Duet section, dancing a powerful WWI-themed routine set to the poem “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen.
And Mikey completed a hat-trick of performances, dancing to “The Fog” in the Junior Solo Contemporary (Boys’) section.
All three boys attend tap, ballet and modern dance classes at June Hornby’s Weymouth Dance Studio in Derby Street.
The boys said:
“We were so excited to be representing Team England and Weymouth Dance Studio at the Dance World Cup. Thank you to our dance teachers Miss Hornby, Keely Shaw and Lesann Marshall for all the work that they have put into choreographing and teaching our dances. We are so grateful for the time they have spent rehearsing with us. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us, and finally, thank you to our families for the commitment and support they have given us!”
Miss Hornby said:
“Congratulations to Harry, Mikey and Harrison on their gold medals! At Weymouth Dance Studio we’re all incredibly proud of them and what they’ve achieved. Although we couldn’t be there in Portugal in person we loved watching them via the livestream and cheering them on from here.”