Dance stars of the future shine brightly at latest competition

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Bright young things from a city performing arts school are continuing to light up stages in Milton Keynes and further afield.

Dance students at The Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School are celebrating after making a big impression at a major talent competition held in London.

Starpower, a predominantly American dance contest, focuses on lyrical and jazz dancing and first came to the UK five years ago.

Children aged nine to 15 from the school travelled to the capital for the competition, where they dazzled the judges – including Lukas McFarlane, the winner of the latest series of Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’.

Students came first in all of the categories in which they performed – including 9 years lyrical, 9 years modern, 11-12 years tap trio, 12-14 years lyrical trio, 9-10 years modern duet, 14 years modern, 15 years modern, 12 years lyrical and 9-12 years any genre and 12-15 years any genre.

Samuel Downing, a teacher at Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School, said: “The children were very proud of their achievements, as was the school.”

The Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School, based in Stony Stratford, continues to help youngsters in Milton Keynes develop as performers, with pupils regularly taking centre stage with touring productions at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Talented students are currently appearing in Evita at Milton Keynes Theatre, while continued charity work has seen the school donate £1500 from their annual show to the Stroke Association and later this month they will perform at a Ted’s Gang Fun Day.