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Sep. 18, 2019 | Wednesday
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NOTL dancers score gold and platinum
Back row, from left: Stephanie Kozak, Penelope McClure, Kathleen Maier, Ellie Harrison, Daphne van Egmond, Emma Johnston, Leah Schouten. Seated: Grace Healy and Ava Randall. Front row: Jenna Cowan, Kira Fediuk, Amelie Merrill. (Kevin MacLean/Niagara Now)

Students from Miss Ilona’s School of Dance in Niagara-on-the-Lake participated in a pair of high-calibre dance competitions in Niagara Falls this month and came home with several awards for their efforts.

The girls rehearsed and practised their skills for several months and competed in every category from classic ballet to lyrical and tap. The school’s performances of Secret Garden and Once Upon A December received platinum placement, while other dances scored high gold awards. 

The school is operated by Ilona Newton, a former member of the Hungarian National Ballet, who has been teaching for more than 30 years, including 16 years at her studio on Hunter Road. Her students range in age from three to 18, and the studio also offers a women’s dance class.

The girls are continuing to hone their talents for their June recital at Alliance Church, on Valley Way in Niagara Falls. For tickets and information, contact Newton at at 905-468-0947 or France Merrill at 905-933-6570.