Young Sheffield dancer defies plastercast to wow judges

Lewis Tutty and Olivia King.
Lewis Tutty and Olivia King.
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Young Sheffield dancer Olivia King defied a plastercast on her hand to wow the judges at a series of competitions.

The eight-year-old, of Bowman Close, Herdings, only started dancing with Lewis Tutty four months ago, but they have taken their first three dancing competitions by storm – even with Olivia’s hand in plaster at one of them after she broke her thumb.

Lewis Tutty and Olivia King

Lewis Tutty and Olivia King

After spending their summer holidays travelling between Sheffield and Hull, where 10-year-old Lewis trains, they entered the Yorkshire Open Championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre last month.

Sarah King, mum of Olivia, a pupil at St John Fisher Catholic Academy in Hackenthorpe, said: “The children were a credit to their parents and teachers as well as impressing the judges .

“They were awarded three first-place trophies for their ballroom routines and three first-place trophies for their Latin routines.

“They were also awarded a fourth-place trophy in the open Latin section against some very experienced dancers.”

A few weeks later, Olivia, who trains at Drapers Dance Centre in Beighton, and Lewis, of Cottingham, East Yorkshire, entered the All England Championships in Stockport, where they won trophies in all six events entered, despite Olivia’s injury.

And last weekend they took first place in all five events they entered in a competition in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

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