Beat Feet Academy of Dance

Accolades

Beat Feet Academy of Dance - Accolades

Dance School of the Year Finalist

For the 5th consecutive year, Beat Feet Academy of Dance were announced as Dance School of the Year Finalists. It's a huge achievement to have been selected by a variety of judges every year that the Academy has been open. Judges this year were Brenda Last OBE and Terry Etheridge, both of whom have had illustrious careers in the dance industry as dancers, teachers and choreographers. Miss Julie was thrilled to be presented with another prestigious certificate for the Academy's gallery.

2018 WHAT'S ON 4 KIDS AWARD

Beat Feet Academy of Dance have been nominated for the following 'What's On For Kids Awards'.

  • Best independent Pre-schooler activity
  • Best independent Activity for children aged 5 - 12
  • Most outstanding activity leader for the under 5

The What's On 4 Events Director Suzanne Borrell praised this year's nominees "We know from parents' testimonials how clubs, classes and individual leaders have such a positive impact on the lives of their children and it's an honour therefore to publically recognise and celebrate these activity providers in this way."

Dance School of the Year Finalist

In another great year for Beat Feet Academy of Dance, we made the shortlist out of thousands of dance schools for the Dance School of the Year competition. The judges who selected Beat Feet Academy of Dance as Finalists were:

  • Entrepreneur and Businessman Paul Haigney
  • Francesca Filpi who danced with The Royal Ballet Company for many years and is now a teacher, judge and adjudicator
  • Broadcaster and journalist and life-long dance supporter Angela Rippon CBE

Anne Walker MBE, a former dance teacher who has founded and run a number of businesses, created these Awards to celebrate this incredible industry. She says: "Dance teachers should be applauded and celebrated. So much more than just a teacher – they are almost a substitute parent to many of their students as they are role models, mentors and social workers, offering support, stability and a disciplined approach to life. They instil a love of dance, music and theatre which will hopefully turn many students into tomorrow's theatre-goers if not performers or teachers."

2017 What's on 4 Kids Award

In 2017 we were nominated for the following 'What's On For Kids Awards'.

  • Best independent Activity for children aged 5 - 12
  • Best independent activity for the under 5's - East
  • Most outstanding activity leader for children aged 5 - 12
  • Most outstanding activity leader for the under 5's – East

Nominations for these awards include children's activities from all counties of the UK. The winners are decided by public votes and saw Beat Feet Academy of Dance not only invited to the awards ceremony in London but make it to the final five in the Best Independent Activity for Under 5s category.

2016 Prince's Trust Young Ambassador

Miss Julie has always been keen to support the local community and give back to the organisation that supported her with launching Beat Feet Academy of Dance. The Prince's Trust has now selected Miss Julie to be a Young Ambassador for their charity.

Out of 2000 people, the Trust only selects 50 Young Ambassadors each year. Young Ambassadors are role models, inspiring others through their personal experience of turning their lives around. As young leaders, they represent The Trust to other young people, public decision-makers, donors and the media.

Dance School of the Year Winner

2016 saw Beat Feet Academy of Dance selected as Finalists in the international competition Dance School of the Year for the 3 rd consecutive year! This is every year that the Academy has been open. This year, we had moved up a category which meant the competition would be very strong.

First round judge of the competition was Jonathan Gray who is editor of the magazine 'Dancing Times'. The finalist judges were Angela Rippon OBE and Liz Dale who is head of education and training at the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET). Angela Rippon OBE (TV presenter and former chair of the English National Ballet) joined Anne Walker MBE at the glamorous award ceremony to present the winners prizes. This year the judges looked at dance schools from all over Europe and shortlisted 35 schools for the final of the international competition.

Before presenting the trophy, Angela Rippon OBE spoke about Beat Feet Academy of Dance:
"Although also a previous winner, their programme of work just goes on getting better and better and is outstanding in its range of opportunities and disciplines."

It was then announced that the Mickleover dance school was the overall category winner. Miss Julie was thrilled to be able to bring a trophy home to Derby for the second year in a row!

2015 Dance School of the Year Winner

Beat Feet Academy of Dance was again selected as Finalists for Dance School of the Year. Miss Julie attended the final round of the competition which was a black tie ball in Devon. The 25 shortlisted schools included finalists not just from the UK but as far as Switzerland, Belgium and Australia. Competition judges Kathryn Wade (Royal Ballet soloist and first director of English National Ballet School) and Jonathan Gray (Editor of the Dancing Times) joined Anne Walker MBE to present the awards. It was here that Beat Feet Academy of Dance was announced as the winners of their category, ranking higher than silver and gold.

At the presentation ceremony, Beat Feet Academy of Dance were honoured for their achievements by Kathryn Wade who praised the Academy for its success over the past year including performances, competitions, examination results, medal awards, holiday clubs and special events organised by the Academy.

2014 Dance School of the Year Finalist

Beat Feet Academy of Dance had been open for less than a year when the Academy was announced as a finalist at the Dance School of the Year awards.

This is an international competition which had finalists from as far as Italy. As a finalist, Miss Julie was invited to attend a black tie gala dinner with Wayne Sleep OBE.

2013 Prince's Trust backing

Miss Julie won the backing of the Prince's Trust charity that supports young people to open their own businesses.

Beat Feet Academy of Dance opened its doors in April 2013.