Dancing into the record books

Dancing into the record books

Stockport College partners Debut Academy of Performing Arts has collected best Dance and Performing Arts School in the North including the Midlands for the first time at the prestigious National Entertainment Awards.

The school on Wood Street runs the widest selection of dance and theatre classes in Stockport in association with the College, which certifies the BTEC dancing and acting awards that see former students take to the stage in top-flight ballets and tread the boards in famous West End shows.

Notable alumni include Alexandra Waddacor, who won bronze in this year’s BTEC Awards for performing arts and best solo dancer in last year’s National Entertainment Awards, Chloe Astley.

Debut Academy of Performing Arts director Carolann Bruce said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Debut Academy of Performing Arts has won Best Dance and Performing Arts School in the whole of the North and Midlands region. This was the hardest category and the one we wanted to win.

“This proves that all our hard work and determination has paid off and shows our students and future students that we offer the best training in all of the North. This win is the icing on the cake following one of the graduates winning best solo dancer and a student who was awarded the Bronze award from BTEC so a very positive year for Debut, Stockport and Trafford.”

Debut was shortlisted for by a panel of esteemed judges for best Dance and Performing Arts School alongside 14 other schools in the UK for teaching, exam performance, student success and social media, and was crowned champion with more than 3,000 votes in a public poll.

College Group Principal James Scott said: “This is great news for Debut Academy of Performing Arts. A huge well done to all concerned. This is a very positive year on the awards front for Debut – and against a backdrop of such uncertainty. This award is a credit to the resilience of all.”

Debut won International Vocational School of the Year with Dance School of the Year in 2018 and is also a finalist in Anne Walker MBE Dance School of the Year Awards.