Youngsters set for dancing in national competition

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A GROUP of Scarborough girls will be dancing their hearts out this weekend at the finals of a national competition in London.

The youngsters from Scarborough Dance Centre in Durham Street have made it through to the final stage of the British Arts Awards and will compete against a number of other groups at the Hammersmith Theatre.

A group and a duet will be taking part with all of the girls aged just six or seven years old.

Dance school principal Sally Beard said: “I think they’ve done absolutely brilliantly. We get a lot of recognition for our older dancers, so it’s really nice to have the younger ones representing the whole school and going to London.”

The girls will be performing a modern freestyle dance to “Like a Prayer” and two members of the group, Sophie Pickup and Shannon Marson, will also perform as a duet.

Mrs Beard added that all of the girls had been raising funds towards travel costs and that Shannon deserved a special mention for raising £130 by doing the Walk for Life.

She said: “They’ve all worked really hard and I’m so impressed. They’re all very excited about going to London and their parents are delighted too.”

The girls travel to London this weekend with dance teacher Julie Cannon and a number of parents and supporters.