Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage dance pupils among those to succeed at national competition

PUBLISHED: 13:01 08 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:01 08 October 2019

Dancers from Dance-Beat Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals. Picture: Tanya Wadsworth

Dancers from Dance-Beat Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals. Picture: Tanya Wadsworth

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Dancers from Welwyn Hatfield, North Herts and beyond had a second year of success at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals.

Dancers from Dance-Beat Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals. Picture: Tanya WadsworthDancers from Dance-Beat Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals. Picture: Tanya Wadsworth

At the weekend, a team of 26 students from Dance-Beat went to Guildford in Surrey for the competition, after attending regional competitions throughout the year to qualify.

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Two members of the group were crowned national set dance winners, and the children went on to win second place in 'street pairs', a third and fifth place in rock and roll, and a first and fifth place in solos.

Under-14s winner Christina Matsukatova said: "All my dreams have come true - this is the best day of my life so far and I'm so thankful to Miss J for all the help!"

Dancers from Dance-Beat Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals. Picture: Tanya WadsworthDancers from Dance-Beat Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) national grand finals. Picture: Tanya Wadsworth

Dance teacher Jessica Ward said she "couldn't be more proud of all the pupils".

Dance-Beat, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year, offers classes for children aged from three upwards in Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Arlesey, Hatfield and Hitchin.

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