A young star who dedicates her life to dance hopes she can add a Gazette Young Performer of the Year Award to her list of achievements.
Ellie Adams, 10, has been put forward for the accolade, sponsored by Port of Tyne, by her proud dancer teacher Rachel Jackson in recognition of a run of success this year.
The youngster, from Marsden Road, South Shields, has been hailed as an ‘all-rounder’ for her ability to act and sing alongside her dancing.
This year alone she has performed in Swan Lake at the Sunderland Empire, won the MJ Festival Supreme Champion Dancer Title and achieved a place with the Royal Ballet Junior Associates Program.
Rachel, who runs NU Dance Performance and Fitness in South Shields, said: “Ellie has been attending my ballet classes since she was four.
“Two and a half years ago she started competing and took further classes in tap, modern, gymnastics and musical theatre. Ellie is an excellent all rounder. She is a brilliant actress and singer, as well as an accomplished dancer.
“She has achieved so much over the years but this last year she has absolutely soared.”
In February Ellie won the East Coast Bursary Award competing against children as old as 16.
Out of the 12 finalists chosen, Ellie won and was awarded £200 to further her dance training.
Rachel added: “Ellie wants a career in performing. She lives and breathes dancing but also loves to sing and act.
“She works so hard and dedicates her life to dance.”
Ellie’s mum Tracey Adams, 39, said: “She has had an excellent year and I am so proud of her. She loves performing. “She has been competing for two years and has got a haul of trophies.”
Sponsoring the overall Best of South Tyneside Awards this year is electronics giant Siemens as the headline sponsor, along with a host of category sponsors including Harlow Print, Northumbrian Water, South Shields Football Club and the Customs House.
For the first time, the winner of our Young Performer of the Year Award and the Sporting Excellence category will also receive a £500 bursary from the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
The awards will be the first to be paid out by the trust set up in celebration of the much-loved couple to nurture the talents of those pursuing their passion in performance and sports.
We are asking for nominations to be submitted by Friday, September 1.
Following the performance evening the top three will then be chosen by judges to move on to the Best of South Tyneside grand finale at the Quality Hotel, in Boldon, on September 21.
To make a nomination, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the category you wish to nominate and provide your full contact details, including email address and phone number along with those of your nominee.
Nominations can also be posted to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.
These are the sections to choose from:
• Role Model
• Neighbour of the Year
• Greener South Tyneside
• Child of Achievement
• Fundraiser of the Year
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• Carer of the Year
• Sporting Excellence
• Sports Team of the Year
*Young Sportperson of the Year
• Community Champion
• Student of the Year
• Community Group
• Volunteer of the Year
• Child of Courage
• Young Performer of the Year
• Lifetime Contribution