A young tap dancer from Sheffield is now making a clatter - after beating 92 other performers to scoop a top award in a national dance competition.
Charlotte Stones, aged 14, who has taken classes at the Sharon Berry School of Theatre Dance since she was eight, brought gold back to Sheffield after coming first in her section at the International Dance Teachers’ Association annual dance scholarship competition.
“We’re so proud of Charlotte – it’s an incredible achievement,” said 60-year-old teacher Sharon Berry, who has run the Parson Cross dance school for more than three decades.
“Every year, thousands of young boys and girls across the country take dance exams, but only a small group - about 600 - are nominated for the IDTA scholarship competition.
“We always have a selection of pupils invited to take part, but Charlotte’s the first to come home with the gold - after beating 92 other youngsters in the junior tap section.”
And Charlotte’s mum Jackie revealed it took the Stocksbridge teenager a while for her win to sink in.
“She was overwhelmed, especially being the first pupil from the school to win the main prize. We’re very proud of her,” she said.
“Charlotte is dedicated to dance, putting in at least 10 hours of practice a week, so it’s well-deserved.”
Three other pupils from the school also won special nominations for their performances in the competition, held in Manchester last weekend.