World-class Worthing dancers scoop gold

Worthing Coaches drove the Glendale pupils to the Dance World Cup in Paris
Worthing Coaches drove the Glendale pupils to the Dance World Cup in Paris

A WORTHING dance school is celebrating a golden triumph at the Dance World Cup.

Glendale Theatre Arts School, in Penfold Road, won 19 gold medals, 10 silvers, and five bronze at the World Cup, which was held last week at Disneyworld in Paris.

The school had 58 dancers, aged between eight and 18, representing England at the prestigious event, competing against dancers from 27 other nations, including 500 dancers from Germany, who eventually won the most medals. As well as returning with an impressive haul of medals, the school won special awards in several categories, including Chrissie Bhima, for most promising 13 and under, Emily Johnson for best solo song and dance, best overall song and dance group, best modern group and best group in the entire world cup.

So good was the school’s performances, the Glendale girls’ were invited to take part in the World Cup’s show-piece gala performance at the end of the week with eight dances.

The girls were also given the privilege of carrying the flag for the England team, who placed second overall, during the opening ceremony.

The school’s principal, Mandy Chapman, said the medal haul, and finishing second overall, represented a “massive achievement”.

Close to £11,000 was raised by the school through sponsorship, and sponsors included West Sussex County Council and Bupa, who supplied the girls’ kit.