May 05, 2023

Schools thrill in Trust-wide dance competition

Six schools went head-to-head on Thursday evening, competing in the first ever Trust-wide dance competition across Lionheart’s secondary schools. 

70 students – ranging from year 7 to year 11 - from Beauchamp College, Sir Jonathan North Girls’ College, Judgemeadow Community College, The Newbridge School, The Castle Rock School and Humphrey Perkins laced up their dancing shoes and showcased their amazing talents at Castle Rock’s Harley Theatre in Coalville.  

The competitors were divided into three age groups - the juniors (years 7 and 8), the inters (years 9 and 10) and the seniors (year 11) – and performed a wide variety of dance styles and genres such as contemporary, classical and jazz; one school even performed the national Thailand dance! 

Students were marked on technique, choreography, performance and expression, with real teamwork and comradery shown by all who took part in the evening. 

Charged with the unenviable task of judging the performers were Vanessa Glynn (Trust Director of Performing Arts) Julia Patrick (Trust Executive Principal) and Daniella Clayfield (Assistant Headteacher at The Castle Rock School). 

In front of an 80-strong crowd of the performers’ family and friends, the competitors gave their everything and the final standings were as follows: 


  • 1st – Markeira and Daisy (Beauchamp College) 
  • 2nd – Amelie (The Newbridge School) 
  • 3rd - Lyla (Humphrey Perkins) 


  • 1st – Mia, Lillie and Olivia (Castle Rock) 
  • 2nd – Maya (Sir Jonathan North) 
  • 3rd – Freya (Beauchamp College) 


  • 1st – Kaci and Olivia (Beauchamp College) 
  • 2nd – Lilly and Izzy (The Castle Rock) 
  • 3rd – Bollywood Mashup Group (Judgemeadow) 

It was Beauchamp College, though, who ultimately took home the top prize; the LET Dance Festival trophy. Their exceptional Year 10s blew the judges away with their superb contemporary performance. 

Congratulations to Beauchamp! But will they be able to retain their crown next year?