Talented Pool Academy student dubbed an inspiration after scooping a dance award

A talented Pool Academy student has been called ‘an inspiration to young people’ after scooping a silver dance award.

Francesca Goff, in Year 10, is the first in her dance group to be given the Arts Award Silver Level 2 Award from Trinity College London in arts practice and arts leadership.

Francesca receiving her award with by Becci Gowers from Dance confidence Cornwall

Francesca receiving her award with by Becci Gowers from Dance confidence Cornwall

The 15-year-old spent six months working towards the achievement. She choreographed her own dance piece to One Direction’s song Drag Me Down, taught others the dance routine and carried out written evaluations after watching inspirational, professional dance performances.

Becci Gowers, from Dance Confidence Cornwall, is Francesca’s dance teacher.

She said: “Francesca is the first person, via Dance Confidence Cornwall, to get a silver award.

“She deserves it.

“I have been teaching Francesca for a while now and she is a very lovely character. She is incredibly passionate about dancing and has real potential to be a leader and teacher already.

“I am incredibly proud of her. She is a real credit to Dance Confidence Cornwall and a real inspiration to other young people.”

The Arts Award examiner who wrote a report on Francesca’s efforts said Francesca had ‘developed her

knowledge of dance’ and ‘her show and choreography showed real commitment’. 

Francesca’s mother, Annmarie, said: “We are very proud of Francesca.”

The Arts Award is a qualification that supports people up to 25 years old to help them develop as artists and arts leaders.

Francesca loves dancing and was due to carry out her work experience at West Coast Academy helping youngsters with their classes.

Miss Gowers said she would love for Francesca to teach lessons at Dance Confidence Cornwall in the future.

Francesca’s Silver Award will also go towards her achievements for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Phil Jones