Laina Corby, 14, who lives in Old Lane, won gold for her performance of “Let It Go” at the South East Dance Festival.
Laina who has Down’s Syndrome, competed in the Inclusive Dance section with a Lyrical dance, a style created by merging ballet, jazz and contemporary dance techniques, choreographed by Katy Rees.
Laine attended the festival on the 17th & 18th February in Woodingdean, along with other members of the Jewel Performing Arts school in Crowborough.
Laina’s mother Mandy said:
Jewel Performing Arts has allowed Laina to achieve her dream of dancing and performing. To be part of a team where her ‘disability’ is not seen as that, she is part of the team and treated as a such. They are an incredibly amazing group where diversity and disability are incorporated into one and she is thriving there.
Katy (choreographer) said:
Seeing Laina on the stage makes me feel so proud to do the job that I do. It’s so lovely to see her so confident and it gives me a huge sense of fulfilment to watch Laina on the stage doing what she loves. Winning a gold medal and a trophy is just the icing on the cake after a beautiful performance by such a wonderful dancer.
Brooke Hoadley won silver with her song & dance, choreographed by Katy Rees; and Megan Butterfield & Ella Hughes won silver with their Lyrical duet, choreographed by Gemma Fuller.
Jade & Gemma Principals of Jewel Performing Arts said:
We are so proud of each and every competion team member, who put in so much effort for the festival.
Jewel Performing Arts has always stood by the belief that dance is for everyone and Laina proved that when she danced on stage. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
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