Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Yvonne School of Dance Win Barclays Live Norwich

Nine tap dancers from Yvonne School of Dance have been crowned Norwich dance champions after picking up over 40,000 votes in an intense public vote online.

Nationwide dance competition Barclays Live took place in Norwich on 26 February at the Forum. Despite the wet weather, a large crowd gathered to watch the ten local acts chosen to battle it out for the title and £1,000 prize. Yvonne School of Dance, based in Hethersett, bucked the trend of street dance acts that have so far dominated the competition by delivering a retro tap dance performance that beat off tough competition in the form of street dance troupe Dem Bratz and the current world junior ballroom dance champions Luke and Hanna.

Speaking after hearing that they’d won, Yvonne Cutting, owner of Yvonne School of Dance, said: “The girls were thrilled to make it through to the final of Barclays Live so this win has put them over the moon. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us as the prize money will go a long way to boosting our fundraising for the year. The girls will now have even better costumes in their upcoming shows as they continue to improve their dancing and raise as much money for charity at the same time.”

The Barclays Live competition celebrates continued investment in branches across the country and will pull up at a host of regions in 2011. In addition to the events sweeping the nation, Barclays Live has also teamed up with StreetDance 3D star Brooke Milliner to create Your Name in Dance, an interactive dance tool showing a users name in choreographed dance form. Check it out at For all the latest news and upcoming events, ‘like’ Barclays Live on Facebook and follow @BarclaysLive on Twitter

Also in Tap News: An interview with Charlie Baker, winner of Let's Dance for Comic Relief - there is some bad language, you have been warned!

And a pretty stunning alternative jive from Mark Ballas and partner Chelsea Kane on Dancing With The Stars. Personally, I think it's terrific and certainly enough jive content for me! But the judges didn't like ...

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