WHEN the five-girl team from Bradshaws Theatre school arrived at Dance Camp 6 in Disneyland Paris last week, to find themselves competing against teams of over 100, they drew on every ounce of their talent and weeks of rehearsals. The smallest team in the competition scooped two individual and three group trophies, leaving larger rivals stunned.
The schools principal ‘Miss Laura’ Carter said; "whilst the girls all had hopes and dreams of trophies, they didn’t expect to win so many against such fierce competition. The awards were given out at the end of a grueling 12 hour competition and we were ecstatic to hear Bradshaws Theatre School called out five times"
14 year old Harris Academy pupil Olivia Shepherd, said "I was pleased to win a trophy for my individual singing performance because I had to compete in the 14-18 year old category, but it was fantastic to win the three group trophies because we all worked so hard and we all get on really well. We really didn’t expect to do so well, in fact I had my coat on when we accepted the last award!"
The school’s former base in Warley was burned to the ground by arsonists last year, just as rehearsals for this competition commenced. The school moved to a new home in Thurrock at the High House Production Park.
Miss Laura adds; "the facilities at Purfleet are fantastic and no doubt helped with the preparation for the Paris competition. We want to return next year with a bigger team entering more categories. We are starting rehearsals soon for our next showcase performance in the West End and we hope to include some new pupils in that event".