A 14-year old from Rushden is celebrating after being crowned All England champion at a recent dance tournament.
Kitty Denton said she is delighted to have won the tournament, and is glad her hard work has paid off.
She said: “When it happened I didn’t really know what to do, I was just happy to reach the finals and I didn’t think I would win.
“I’ve worked extremely hard throughout the year and it is great to win this.
“I couldn’t have done it without my dance teacher though, she has been great.”
Kitty, who has been dancing since the age of four, said she has dreams of becoming a professional dancer when she is older.
She added: “I would love to be a professional dancer, I can’t think of anything else I would want to do.”
The youngster competed in the contemporary solo group of the All-England dance competition on Thursday, August 1, in London and scooped the top prize in the group.
Her mum, Rachel Wheeler, said she is proud of her daughter.
She said: “We are very proud of her. She’s done really well to win it at a young age and she works so hard.”
Kitty has been going to the Gayna Brown School of Dance since she was four, and spends several hours a week perfecting her skills.
She also danced a duet in the finals with 14-year-old Phoebe Spriggs, of Higham Ferrers.
Kitty’s dance teacher, Gayna Brown, said she deserved to win after all the hard work she has put in.
She added that she was extremely proud of both Kitty and Phoebe.
The All England Dance Competition was founded in July 1923, and is the only one of its kind.
It aims to promote dance and the arts, and give amateur dancers the chance to perform in front of professional judges.
For more information about the All England Dance competition visit www.all-england-dance.org.uk.
School of Dance
Gayna Brown said she always welcomes new people to join her school, and is encouraging people to join in the fun.
The Gayna Brown School of Dance meets twice a week, and holds sessions for people of all ages, from toddlers to adults.
It meets at the Wesleyan Church hall, in Queen Street, Rushden, on Wednesdays and in St Mary’s Church, Rectory Road, Rushden, on Saturdays. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.