Talented young dancers shine in national competitions

TALENTED YOUNG dancers have been impressing judges across the country with their glittering routines.

Jude and Chantelle - Copy
Jude and Chantelle

In April, the Latin Steps Dance Company, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, took a troupe to compete in the prestigious British Junior Dance Festival in Blackpool.

They raised around £6,500 in just six months to cover the costs of their glamorous costumes and team tracksuits, sparkly shoes, obligatory spray tans and transport to the event.

And once there they turned on the style for the line-up of professional judges and spectators.

Jude Nolan, 9, pictured with his dance partner Chantelle Reynolds, was thrilled to discover one of the judges was Ian Waite, from BBC’s hit TV series Strictly Come Dancing.

In only their second year there, all the teams performed wonderfully and one of the teams was just one point off going through to the semi-final.

Juvenile 6-8 couple - 2nd place
SECOND PLACE: The Juvenile 6-8 couple

Then in May, the teams took to the dancefloor this time in Wolverhampton for the FTA competition.

The Juvenile 6/8 couple team (pictured) placed second in the Rising Stars category and some of the girls also danced in the 4 couple category, placing 3rd in the final.

Cameron and Roisin
Cameron and Roisin

Latin Steps would like to congratulate the children on their fantastic performances and thank all the parents who worked so hard in preparation for these events.

Special thanks also go to Lauren and Lesley Callaghan for donating professional spray tan equipment for future competitions, and Slaters Menswear for donating 30 suit bags to protect the team’s costumes.

Rehearsals are now well underway for Latin Steps’ next competitions, under the expert tutelage of Aimee Shepperd.

Throughout the year, some of the children also compete as couples. Cameron Flood and Roisin Rutherford (pictured) are a new Junior couple who will be competing at Stockport Town Hall in June.

For more information about the Latin Dance Steps Company, email Aimee Shepperd at aimeelatinsteps@gmail.com or ring 07502 375 704. New dancers are always welcome.


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