Dagenham dancing stars score ‘exceptionally’ in exams

PUBLISHED: 17:43 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:26 24 October 2014

Sue Gardner School of dance pupils from Dagenham scored exceptionally well

Sue Gardner School of dance pupils from Dagenham scored exceptionally well


A dance troupe had good reason to jump for joy after receiving some of the best exam results in the school’s three decade history.

Performers at Sue Garner’s School of Dance were delighted to hear they scored “exceptionally” after taking the exams in July.

Sue Garner, who has owned the dance school on Green Lanes in Dagenham for the past 36 years, said: “I’m really proud of everybody. They’ve been working very hard for this since last February.”

She said this was one of the best results the school has ever received, adding: “We’re used to high standards but this is just exceptional.”

Since receiving the results Ben Thompson, 11, landed a part in the Queen’s Theatre panto while Myleene Parsons, 13, will be joining the cast of the Broadway Theatre panto this Christmas.

Eighty-five per cent gained the highest mark possible, a distinction, and 15 pc gained a distinction with an added platinum award, which is 90 marks or over.

One student, Ruby Harris, managed not to put a foot out of place scoring 100 pc in her acrobatic exam.

Students ranged from age two to 19 and took exams in ballet, tap, modern, acrobatics and lyrical.

Sue said:“We are very proud of all our students throughout the school who work very hard and show great enthusiasm.

“Now we’re working towards our next exam session which is in December.”

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