Young dancers from the island returned triumphant last month after heading to Lancashire to compete in the Blackpool Dance Festival 2022.

Teams from dance schools from all over the island took part in the weeklong dance festival which included individual, couples, and the national team competitions in Ballroom dancing.

Curtis Watson, 15 and Alexandra Parry, 14 of the Jayne Hill dance school, capped off a remarkable season of dancing by winning two British titles by becoming Junior Classical Sequence British Champions and Junior Modern Sequence British Champions in the week at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom.

The talented young dancers have been mentored by Jayne Hill over the past sixteen months at the Jayne Hill School of Dance in Onchan and have put their success down to a team effort led by Jayne and supported by many others including Scarlet Beattie and Mary O’Dea and their supporting families, especially mums Rachel and Julie.

Locally, Curtis and Alex are proudly sponsored by Isle of Man based manufacturing firm, Strix which has undoubtedly helped with travelling to and from the UK on a regular basis to compete in many varied locations throughout England. The newly crowned British Champions have been dancing together since November 2020 and soon enjoyed some success winning a handful of online based competitions during the various Covid-19 lockdown periods.

Alexandra Parry, Mary O’Dea, Jayne Hill, Scarlett Beattie and Curtis Watson

From August 2021 following the lifting of travel restrictions and other restrictions brought about by the Covid pandemic which affected dancing competitions across the UK. Curtis and Alex have been able to compete both locally in the IOM and across England, where they have dominated the Junior Sequence dance scene with a string of national titles including All England Champions, South of England Champions, UK Champions, Dance Promotor Association (DPA) League Winners with the crowning performance of winning 2 British Champions titles in April.