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PICTURES: Inverness and Highland ballet students make the grade


By Louise Glen

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Students take part in their national exams.
Students take part in their national exams.

Inverness ballet students have been given top marks in national grade exams.

The graduates, from Performers UK in Bank Street, range in age from pre-school to adults. They were filmed for the grade exams on December 23 and have been waiting patiently every since to find out how they got on.

Enrica Ross-Campbell – co-owner of Performers UK alongside Amanda Chisholm and Victoria Rollo – said: “We had planned for 41 children to sit their Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet exam in June 2020, but it was cancelled due to the first lockdown.

Three-year-old Milana Campbell passed her RAD Demonstration Class Level 1 exam.
Three-year-old Milana Campbell passed her RAD Demonstration Class Level 1 exam.

“We then rescheduled this exam to be done by video for December 29 but with the unexpected announcement of lockdown two, we had to quickly reschedule again and with the help of teachers and parents, we managed to bring everyone in just before Christmas.

“We spent a full day filming all these children for their exams.

“We’ve just received the results and managed a 100 per cent pass rate.”

Pupils were supported by RAD- qualified teacher Erike Jayne Todd.
Pupils were supported by RAD- qualified teacher Erike Jayne Todd.

Pupils sat exams in Demonstration Class Level 1, Pre Primary, Grade 1 and Discovering Repertoire Level 2.

Ms Ross-Campbell added: “We have children come to us from Inverness, Nairn, Alness, Tain and even Dornoch.

Grade exams for Inverness ballet studies were filmed and sent to assessors.
Grade exams for Inverness ballet studies were filmed and sent to assessors.

“Our amazing RAD-qualified teacher Erika Jayne Todd is not only the most wonderful dancer, but is the most patient and caring teacher we know.

“She is incredible and we are so lucky to have her as part of the Performers UK team.

“Every child is now working hard on their next level and the syllabus through Zoom until we get back into the studio.”

The list of successful students were:

Georgia Murphy

Milana Campbell

Katie Whitfield

Jessica Fraser

Amaya Stevens

Charlotte Stewart

Orlaith Deas

Alexis Morrison

Scarlett Mackay

Eilidh MacLeod

Lily Ana Cameron

Heidi Gordon

Erin Maclaren

Grace Maclean

Akheera MacRae

Alyshia Pickthall

Kylie Tatters

Tierney Main

Piper Wiseman

Tara Johnston

Paige Moore

Millie Laing

Sophie MacKay

Zia Johnstone

Gemma MacKay

Isla Prentice

Millie Richardson

Maria Cameron

Lexi Kershaw

Claudia Gilbert

Beatrice Finkler

Esmae Cassels-Gatensby

Scarlett Harper

Mia Martin

Millie Cameron

Georgia Baker Smith

Sophia Forbes

Erin Atkinson

India Duncan

Florrie Richardson

Izzie Delonnette

Read more about Performance UK.


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