It has just been announced that Jessica Emms, age 12, from Newcastle has just been awarded a prestigious scholarship in association with The Stage newspaper to attend Razzamataz Newcastle for a year completely free of charge.

The Stage is a very respected national newspaper for the performing arts industry and this is an enormous benefit for Jessica to be able to say that she was awarded a Razzamataz scholarship in association with The Stage. The scholarship has been created to give children the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and are part of Razzamataz’s dedication to make performance training accessible to young people all over the country.

The scholarships were available to current students and those that do not attend the part-time theatre school. The young people were asked to film a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, street dance, pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece.

Jessica was praised for her performance and judges were particularly impressed by the fact she had filled in the application form herself. “It wasn’t just about raw talent, the applicants had to show a really strong dedication to the performing arts,” says

Kayleigh Redford, Principal of Razzamataz Newcastle. “We looked for those that demonstrated a maturity and a real desire to learn and we were delighted to offer Jessica, the scholarship. We really hope this inspires Jessica to keep working hard and enjoying her performing arts training.”

Jessica was delighted when she heard and it has given her an enormous boost of confidence. “I’m very excited to be part of Razzamataz and so lucky to have received the Scholarship”. Said

Jessica. Joanne Emms (Jessicas’ mum) said “Jess loves performing and always works so hard at this. To get a scholarship at such a prestigious school is a huge achievement. I’m so proud”

Razzamataz gained national recognition after an appearance on Dragons’ Den in 2007 and won an investment from Duncan Bannatyne. Duncan says: “Congratulations to Jessica and make the most of this fantastic opportunity. Razz skills keep young people active, instill a confidence and pride and encourage social skills. All of which are vital today.”

As one of the fastest growing part-time theatre schools in the UK, Razzamataz offers a wide range of performing arts styles for children age 4-18 including current trends that are accessible to children and teenagers. Razzamataz classes consist of dance, drama and singing and the curriculum covers the whole of the performing arts, from classic West End musical theatre to street dance and pop singing.

Razzamataz Newcastle offers plenty of opportunities for students to shine, including appearing in theatre productions and local community events, which give the children a chance to perform and is fantastic for their self-confidence. Masterclasses with Industry professionals are also offered with 2 booked in before christmas with a star from Nickelodeon and Street Dance expert Sasha B.

There is some limited availability for the main school held every Saturday 10.15 – 1.15 at Newcastle College performance Academy.

To book a FREE trial session at Razzamataz Newcastle or for more information about the school email newcastle@razzamataz.co.uk or call 01914 065372 or 07772577855. Alternatively visit www.newcastle.razzamataz.co.uk