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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
The good news is that this year, for the first time, the YCAA have been able to sponsor six young, talented people.
All profits from the Yeovil Literary Prize are ploughed back into the community by sponsoring local talent, as well as art and cultural events. Last year we sponsored Alex Jackson whilst he studied dance in London. Alex has proved our sponsorship was worthwhile and, based on his successful performance during the year, the YCAA decided to look at sponsorship on a wider scale.
The Yeovil Literary Prize enabled us to sponsor three students: Alex Jackson for his final year at dance school; Gemma Southwood as she embarks on a University course for fashion and design; D-J Armitstead, who is reading classical and performance music at Goldsmith in London.
Last June, the Dance Factory and the YCAA held a Dance! Dance! Dance! Show at the Octagon Theatre. All the proceeds were given to the YCAA to enable them to sponsor dancers. As a result, we are thrilled to be able to help three different dancers with the expense of their studies. We will be repeating this successful event on Friday 22nd June 2012, with Helen Laxton and the Dance Factory. So put the date in your diaries please.
At the Dance! Dance! Dance! Show we saw Alex and D-J, with his brother Tom, perform, so our students are very ready to give back their time and talent to our community.
The YCAA presentations were made by Liz Pike and here are four of our students.
D-J Armitstead, Liz Pike, and Gemma Southwood
Natasha Calderera from the Dance Factory, who will be studying with the Royal Academy of Dance, with Liz Pike
Alex Jackson who is now in his final year at the Urdang Academy
Our other two dancers, who both learned with the Helen Laxton School of Dance in Yeovil, are Emilie Woan and Ellen Welch. We will watch their careers with interest.