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Finalist lands award in top choreography contest

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Chesterfield dance teacher Karen Banez beat off hundreds of rivals from across the country to reach the final of a top choreography award.

Chesterfield dance teacher Karen Banez beat off hundreds of rivals from across the country to reach the final of a top choreography award.

Karen, who teaches at the Academy of Dance, was among a dozen finalists for the Barbara Sharples International Choreographic Award, which was held in Manchester.

She was awarded second place for her gymnastic piece Discombobulate which was up against 14 other dances and originally choroegraphed for the academy’s annual show at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield.

Principal Rachel Littlewood: “It was fantastic to see Karen get this award; she has put so much in to the girls and this performance and is a credit to the academy,

“We are so pleased to have been chosen from hundreds to get through to the final.”

The annual award is designed to inspire and encourage young teachers in developing their choreographic skills.

Karen, pictured with award, is congratulated by dance students.

 

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