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A Double Dance Distinction for Bella

Bella Russell has been dancing since she was three years old. Her first dance show was with the Linzi Grace School of Dance at the age of four and she has been dancing ever since. Recently, she was awarded a Distinction in Grade 3 Tap and a Distinction in Grade 5 Modern. Bella performs in her dance school’s annual show Dance Fusion in the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre.

“It’s my favourite thing to do,” she explains when asked why she likes to dance. “It’s a good way of expressing yourself because you don’t need to speak or say anything. Instead, you move your body in response to the music and the rhythm.”

Bella’s teacher Linzi Grace has been a constant inspiration and mentor to her these past ten years and has been particularly supportive during the three-month Lockdown period this year. Linzi adapted all of her classes onto Zoom so that her pupils could continue to receive lessons and stay active during a difficult and unsettling time for our young people. Speaking about Bella, it’s clear that she knows and cares passionately about each of her students:

“Bella excels in all genres of dance. She is currently studying grade 5 tap and intermediate modern (ISTD), grade 6 ballet (RAD) as well as Senior Musical Theatre and Acro. She is also part of the Senior dance squad. She has won a number of school awards including the overall Junior Award, Musical Theatre Award, and most recently the Tap Award for excellence in these subjects. She is a very technical dancer, a lovely performer and a valued member of the dance school.”

Listening to Bella, it’s clear that her dance teacher is very well respected and appreciated by her pupils:

“It feels like I have known Linzi all of my life. I’m so glad she’s been my dance teacher since I was little because she’s the best. She has helped me with my confidence, technique, and watched me develop as a dancer. She knows my strengths and my flaws. She is always supportive and encouraging. I feel really privileged to be part of her amazing dance school.”

Bella is pictured here with fellow SDC and Linzi Grace student Lucie Webster at a show when they were seven. Lucie and Bella have danced together since they were five and have been firm friends ever since. This year, for the school production of Peter Pan, Bella and Lucie helped to choreograph the ‘Braves to War’ dance and have been involved in school productions since they were in Year 5.

“Performing Arts at St David’s gives us amazing opportunities to dance, sing and act,” Bella explains. “One of my favourite shows was Hairspray because there was a lot of dancing and singing in it.”

The Head of Performing Arts, Mrs Appleton, is also a qualified dance teacher and all pupils benefit from her extensive knowledge of dance during school production rehearsals.


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