Caring Whitworth High student rewarded with trophy

Date published: 06 October 2019

A dancer, who gives up her time to help toddlers attending pre-school classes, was awarded a top trophy.

Ella Lord, 14, was awarded the Absalom Smith Memorial Cup at the Exam Presentation and Awards evening at The Riverside in Whitworth, organised by Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts, based in Bacup.

The Whitworth Community High School Year 10 student said: “I have been dancing since I was four and always with Dansworks.

“I now do tap, ballet, jazz, street and contemporary and go to Dansworks on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“In the past 12 months I have also been a volunteer helper with the pre-school classes and I have seen my confidence grow as I look after the younger children.

“I enjoy helping because it is different every time and I see lots of changes in the children after they have been attending for a while.

“I help on Wednesdays and Saturdays when there can be between five and 20 children attending.

“Dancing was something I just decided to try and I found I really enjoyed it.”

Ella said the trophy she won is awarded in memory of the grandfather of Dansworks’ Principal Karen Roe and it is given to someone who embodies his qualities.

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