A Brentwood School student is preparing to compete in three classes at the All England Dance (AED) national finals later this month.
Strong performances at the recent AED regional competitions mean that year seven pupil, Abigail Oxley, is in with a chance of winning in three tap categories: tap group, tap duet and tap solo.
A dancer since the age of three, Abigail began entering competitions when she was seven.
“My first competition dance was a song and dance duet with my partner, Isabelle”, she recalled. “Then we started a tap duet at the age of eight. I find competitions very fun and interesting because I can meet new people and achieve medals.”
Although she qualified for the regional finals back in 2018, this is the first time Abigail placed in the top three and thereby made it through to the nationals.
“Abigail’s dedication, commitment and passion for dance clearly knows no bounds,” said Brentwood School dance and drama teacher, Sara Benamri. “Reaching the nationals in three categories is a sensationally rare achievement for one so young and pays testament to her considerable work ethic and determination.
“Abigail has made an impressive start to her time at Brentwood, already participating in a range of performing opportunities, from musicals to dance shows. I am very much looking forward to watching her develop and grow as a performer over the next few years and know that her journey in the performing arts at Brentwood School will be truly exciting.”