VLDD stepping out to success

Ellen Knox (Dominican) and Hannah Mullan (Coleraine Grammar).
Ellen Knox (Dominican) and Hannah Mullan (Coleraine Grammar).

When Portrush choreographer Victoria Lagan attended the Northern Ireland Dance Championships in Lisburn recently, not only did her dancers sweep the boards in the competition but Victoria herself was named as Dance Producer of the Year!

Victoria’s dance company - Victoria Lagan Dance and Drama or VLDD - came away with a grand total of nine first places, five second spots, six third place medals and one fourth place.

Victoria Lagan - Dance Producer of the Year.

Victoria Lagan - Dance Producer of the Year.

Victoria said: “At the end of the weekend I received the “Dance Producer” of the year award. I was completely shocked and honoured. It was truly touching to be credited for the time, effort, stress and dedication I put into my studio. It was an absolutely incredible experience for all dancers involved from aged 5-18 - many of them their very first competition.

“Although the competition was tough with schools travelling from all over Northern Ireland, I really feel that our dancers represented the North Coast to an incredibly high standard.

“This was the first competition of the season for 2017 and it has made us so excited for the next ones.”

VLDD studio is based in Coleraine with classes running six days a week in jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, contemporary dance and drama.

Victoria continued: “VLDD Studio is more than a local dance school, to so many of our students it really is their second home. Our studio prides itself on a high standard of training.

“Now we have to stay focused as we have three competitions still to go, our LAMDA acting exams, dance exams in May, our Riverside Theatre showcase in June, the Red Sails Festival, and then we’re off to England to compete again in Autumn.”

Toby O'Neill (Coleraine Grammar) Glee Lampard (St Joseph's) who took first place in Northern Ireland Hip Hop Championship.

Toby O'Neill (Coleraine Grammar) Glee Lampard (St Joseph's) who took first place in Northern Ireland Hip Hop Championship.

Young dancers from VLDD (Victoria Lagan Dance and Drama school).

Young dancers from VLDD (Victoria Lagan Dance and Drama school).

Hannah Mullan from Coleraine at Northern Ireland Championships.

Hannah Mullan from Coleraine at Northern Ireland Championships.