Gallery: Weston Junior Arts Dance Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 June 2013

Duet Cabaret nine years and under Anya Fairhead and Ellie-May Teale.

Duet Cabaret nine years and under Anya Fairhead and Ellie-May Teale.


YOUNG dancers from across the South West ensured they didn't put a foot wrong when they took part in Weston's Junior Arts Dance Festival.

Ballet, cabaret and modern dances were performed in front of judges from the British And International Federation Of Festivals, with which Weston’s event is affiliated.

The annual festival is now in its 66th year and the winners from each class received a trophy, with many of the cups recording the names from previous years.

Paddy Payne, who has organised the event for more than 40 years, said: “It went really well and the adjudicator was fabulous. He was very knowledgeable and everybody liked him.

“His comments were very helpful to the children, and he almost gave them each a dance class. We had six occasions of 90 marks, which is a very, very high mark. It was a joyous occasion.

“It is a beautiful stage for them to dance on, and gives children the chance to dance on a lovely stage. It’s a joyous thing and that’s why I continue to do it.”

Youngsters up to the age of 21 performed solo, duet, trio and group dances and received constructive comments from the judges.

For more photos of the dazzling costumes and winners visit

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