North Devon dancers smash their lockdown exams

Some of the younger Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students after doing well in their exams

Some of the younger Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students after doing well in their exams - Credit: Rebecca Varley

Students of the Rebecca Varley Dance Academy might have learned online for most of the year but it didn’t prevent them from doing well in their exams. 

The annual examination with the International Dance Teachers Association saw 97 per cent of the exams taken passed with the highest grade. 

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students celebrate their exam results

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students celebrate their exam results - Credit: Rebecca Varley

Senior student Lily  Zweigberk was nominated by the examiner to compete in the International Theatre Awards in February. 

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students have been celebrating their exam results

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students have been celebrating their exam results - Credit: Rebecca Varley

School owner Rebecca Varley said: “Before the first lockdown, our school was a hive of activity. We would welcome 200 pupils per week to take dance, drama and theatre classes throughout the week and weekend. Then all of that stopped abruptly in March. 

“The school transferred it's classes immediately online. The students that were able to attend online, did so with so much enthusiasm. Suddenly we were dancing 'together' but from our own kitchens and lounges. 

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students celebrate their exam results

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students celebrate their exam results - Credit: Rebecca Varley

“The dance school is such an important part of daily life for our students and teachers. It's a family. It was so important for everyone that we could keep the classes up in whatever form possible during the lockdown. It gave us all a focus. 

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students celebrate their exam results

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students - Credit: Rebecca Varley

“Dance training is not only a wonderful form of physical activity and an artistic outlet, it also enriches the mental wellbeing of those that take part.” 

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students have been celebrating their exam results

Rebecca Varley Dance Academy students have been celebrating their exam results - Credit: Rebecca Varley

The school is now accepting new students and dancing will continue, whether in studio or (for now) online. Email rvdanceacademy@gmail.com for more information. 

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