National dance success for Lowestoft students

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Cou

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Courtesy of Benjamin Britten Music Academy - Credit: Archant

Talented students at a Lowestoft high school have triumphed in the national finals of a prestigious dance contest.

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Cou

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Courtesy of Benjamin Britten Music Academy - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Benjamin Britten Music Academy were 'recognised nationally' after they competed in the final of Rock Challenge at Grimsby last month.

After the students from the academy in Blyford Road had progressed through the regional heats in Rotherham, after winning second place overall and collecting 11 Excellence Awards earlier this year, they were invited to the national finals.

Head of Performing Arts at the academy, Corinne Breen, said: 'It was a fun and intense day of competition which saw Benjamin Britten crowned overall winners. The school is now part of the Premier Division which is an amazing achievement.'

During the overall competition the school has now won 23 awards. One of the awards given at the finals was the award for Community Support which acknowledges the wider community involvement with the team's entry, with 'so many parents' praised for helping the team – and the school was pleased that they were acknowledged.

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Cou

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Courtesy of Benjamin Britten Music Academy - Credit: Archant

Mrs Breen added: 'This has been an amazing journey. We know how talented our students are but to see them recognised nationally was just brilliant. 'The team here have worked so hard to bring the story to life. I couldn't ask to work with a more talented and dedicated Performing Arts department. 'I would also like to thank all the parents who have been so supportive.'

The school's entry was based on the story of George Stinney Jr, a 14-year-old who was wrongly accused of murder in 1944 and executed for a crime he did not commit.

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With the students praised for the way they interpreted the story, the contest has involves youngsters from all year groups.

One the students, Ella Cunningham, said: 'The moment our team was awarded first place was just like a movie. The whole experience is something I will never ever forget. Everyone was cheering and crying and when we returned to school our parents and teachers were waiting to cheer as we got off the bus'.

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Cou

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Courtesy of Benjamin Britten Music Academy - Credit: Archant

Student George Butler added: 'Everyone has worked so hard for this performance. I had a feeling we would do well but the moment our names were called out as National Winners was just brilliant.'

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Cou

Benjamin Britten Music Academy Rock Challenge 2017 performance at the national finals. Pictures: Courtesy of Benjamin Britten Music Academy - Credit: Archant

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