A Staples diet is the key to success


A FUTURE in fame is on the cards for these school leavers from Staples School of Dance and Drama in Retford.

The performing arts academy has celebrated a summer of success with students enjoying great exam results, competition wins and nine students are now ready to move on.

Flying the nest this year are Lyndsay Bentley, 16, and Chris Wood, 17, who are both moving to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester.

Lyndsay recently became the International Dance Teachers Association ballet champion, winning ten trophies in competition, including Most Promising Professional.

Chris has a passion for dance and was nominated Best Technical Boy in competition.

Gabriella Williams, 16, is set to attend Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire.

She recently played the lead role of Christine in the school’s production of Phantom of the Opera.

Ashley Cavell, 18, who also had a starring role in the production, is continuing her love of performance at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama in Nottingham.

And Eden Morrison, 16, is set to begin her path to the stage at the SLP College in Leeds.

Harriet Moorhouse, 18, will study geography at Oxford University. She has graduated from Staples with advanced qualifications in modern and tap, and has performed in London’s West End.

The University of Birmingham is the choice for Lauren Wood, 18, who will study American and Canadian studies. Lauren is an accomplished tap dancer and has major dance qualifications.

Catherine Caudwell, 18, will study English and creative writing at Teesside University, while Charlotte Potter, 18, embarks on a foundation course in fine art at Nottingham.

Principal Dawn Denman said: “I am thrilled about the success of the students.”

Mrs Denman’s son, Adam, has also graduated this summer from the Northern Ballet School with distinctions in all his exams and a distinction at Royal Academy of Dance Advanced level two.

He has secured a position performing for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line on board the Navigator of the Seas ship.