Praise for dance school after double awards win


STUDENTS from Langholm, Canonbie and Newcastleton, who attend Razzamataz Carlisle, celebrated after their school came out on top to claim a double award win.

They were at the conference for the Dragons’ Den-backed theatre school franchise and beat off stiff competition from almost 50 other schools in the Razzamataz network, much to the delight of their principal Debbie Mitchell.

Debbie said: “It was a huge honour to accept these awards for my students, their supportive parents and my team of teachers and staff.

"To make Razzamataz Carlisle this wonderful school is truly a team effort and the most important part of winning is being able to recognise all the hard work and commitment displayed each week."

Razzamataz Carlisle was awarded best showcase and best community spirit awards, which were judged by theatre director Max Reynolds, who has worked on West End and touring shows, including Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors and The Witches of Eastwick.

Max said the exceptional level of high quality entries made judging a difficult task but it was clear why Carlisle won. The positive impact the school had made in the community, coupled with creativity and flair, were winning combinations.

Being able to show a clear and creative journey from the initial concept to the finished product, highlighting the positive experiences from the students and a high level of performance, were some of the elements Max wanted in the submission for best showcase award.

He said: “Debbie and her team really understand what goes into making a great show. From introducing the children to a range of shows to clever staging which allowed the performers to tell a story in a short amount of time, every element of the showcase was meticulously planned and presented.”

Max praised Razzamataz Carlisle on many levels from the quality of submission to showing the outstanding people working in the school, something Debbie is keen to praise. She said: “Putting on our annual shows is truly a team effort and I thank every one of our amazing teachers, talented students and supportive parents."

Max was equally impressed with the work Debbie and her team do for the community.

"The students regularly use their talents to raise money for wonderful causes such as Cash for Kids and Hospice at Home and have raised thousands of pounds over the years entertaining people.”

The students were selected to entertain all the principals during the awards celebration and they chose to perform mini-musicals from Matilda and Annie.

They have had an incredible year, including performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and gaining professional work on stage and screen.

They will be performing at Disneyland Paris during the 25th anniversary celebrations.

Classes are available for children aged two to 18. Contact Debbie at or call 07809 121 494.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:55AM
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