Amy Hickey, who was awarded first place at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Imperial Classical Ballet Senior Awards, with her dance teacher Alison Cronin of Clonmel Dance Centre
Amy Hickey, daughter of Liam and Sinead Hickey, and a pupil of Clonmel Dance Centre, was awarded first place at the prestigious Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Imperial Classical Ballet Senior Awards held in London last month.
These awards showcased the Imperial Ballet work in exercises designed to test technical skill, with an emphasis on artistry and musicality at a very high standard.
13 year-old Amy has been attending Ballet with Alison Cronin at Clonmel Dance Centre since she was three years old. She has received exceptionally high marks in her Graded ISTD internationally-recognised Ballet Examinations, which in turn has led to her successfully qualifying and reaching the finals for the last four consecutive years at the awards.
Amy’s love and passion for dance is evident and she had gained a great deal from her previous experiences, and subsequently had an increased motivation to improve.
With the invaluable encouragement, dedication and support from her wonderful teachers Alison Cronin and Jessica Stokes, who are renowned for their precision on technique, all their hard work was rewarded this year with this incredible achievement.
After months of preparation the awards day, May 20, finally arrived. The day began with Amy participating in a Ballet class consisting of 42 participants from all around Europe, which was judged by two leading Ballet Examiners who then whittled the students down to just sixteen finalists.
The final was held later that afternoon and judged by three former highly acclaimed Ballet Dancers, who chose Amy as their very deserved winner of the awards.
To win first place at such a highly acclaimed event is testament to Amy's hard work and exceptional talent.
Since returning from London, Amy auditioned for a place with the Irish National Youth Ballet Company based in Dublin and was offered a place with them. It was a very tough audition, as only 12 places were available and a very large number of young people applied.
Amy will now travel to Dublin every Saturday to attend class with the company and will take part in their productions. The first performance will be held before Christmas.
Alison, Jessica and everyone at Clonmel Dance Centre are very proud of Amy and her fantastic achievements.