South Shields Gazette
17th January 2008
A young dancer has worked her way to the top in record time.
In the past year, Alana Bissett reached the top grade in freestyle dance, even though she had no previous experience.
The 10-year-old Mortimer Primary school pupil astounded family and teachers with her rapid progress after taking up dancing in January, last year.
Alana, of Westoe Road, South Shields, attends the Sarah Howe-Cookson school of dance, based at Perth Green and St. Judes church hall.
Dance teacher Sarah Howe-Cookson said “Alana is a little diamond” “She’s a really bubbly girl who is a joy to teach. She worked her way up through three dance grades in her year here, which is unusual, as some pupils stay in the same grade for longer.” “She has shown hard work and dedication. This is a massive achievement. Everyone at the school is really proud of her for doing so well.”
Since discovering her love for dance, Alana has travelled to competitions in Blackpool, Shefield and Edinburgh, and now hopes to continue her success by working towards further dance qualifications.
Alana’s mum, Yvonne Barwick, added “We’re all really proud of Alana. We would like to thank Sarah and everyone at the school for all their hard work.”
Anyone who would like to join the school, or learn more about freestyle dancing can visit www.sarahhowecookson.co.uk