Three young people from West Cumbria have won prestigious scholarships to attend their local dance school.
Jessie Nixon-Ferguson, seven, from Maryport, Lilah Ford, 11, from Whitehaven and Caitlin Hargreaves, 15, from Whitehaven, have won The Stage newspaper scholarships to attend Razzamataz West Cumbria
Jessie won a year-long scholarship after an audition process judged by industry professionals. Lilah and Caitlin each won a scholarship to attend Razzamataz for a free term.
Performing arts trade publication The Stage has worked in association with Razzamataz for several years to offer a scholarship to a young person who demonstrates drive, dedication and natural talent that will help them succeed in whatever path they choose. in life.
Each contestant had to submit an audition tape and was open to current students and those with no prior training, as the judges were looking for youngsters with raw talent and ambitions to embrace the Razzamataz line-up.
Matty Aitchison-Rayson, manager of Razzamataz West Cumbria, said: ‘We are so proud of every child who has taken part in the audition process and commend them for having the courage to give it a shot.
“After the last few years of confinement, the children lost a lot of confidence, so we were delighted with the number of applicants we had and the high level of applications.
“We looked for those who showed maturity and a real desire to learn, and we were delighted to offer the scholarship to Jessie, Lilah and Caitlin. We really hope this inspires Jessie, Lilah and Caitlin to keep working hard and enjoying their performing arts education.
Jessie said, “I’m so happy to have won the scholarship! I love going to Razzamataz, I love playing and I’m excited for another year of learning new things.
Lilah added, “Winning the second scholarship means so much to me. I am very proud and happy to receive this award and I could not have achieved this without going to Razzamataz. Coming to Razzamataz makes me so happy and I’m so excited for next year.
Caitlin said: “I was very happy and proud of myself when I received the award, it was something I put effort into and I was really thrilled when I received the award.”
The Internship scholarship is worth up to £700, with finalists receiving up to £230 each.