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South Tyneside pair dance their way to success

GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT... dancers Leah Cummings and Erika Judd with their trophy from the World Street Dancing Championships, where they came second.

GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT... dancers Leah Cummings and Erika Judd with their trophy from the World Street Dancing Championships, where they came second.

TWO South Tyneside youngsters have danced their way to global success.

Leah Cummings and Erika Judd, both aged seven, have only been performing together since November.

But that didn’t stop the pair, from South Shields, from securing a place at the recent World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.

The competition saw the youngsters show off their skills on the dance floor against competitors from across the world to take second place.

Leah, who has only been dancing solo since last September, also went on to take fifth place with a routine she choreographed herself in the intermediate solo section.

Both girls are students at Fusion DanceWorks, based at the Charles Young Centre in Talbot Road, South Shields.

Dance teacher Natalie Cummings, who is also Leah’s mum, said: “The whole thing just feels surreal – I am so proud of the girls.

“They both work really hard in class, and to have two dancers to not only qualify for the world championships but to be placed – it’s hard to express the pride as a dance teacher.

“I am just delighted at their success.”

The pair had to battle through regional and national contests to make it through to the world finals.

Mrs Cummings added: “By the time dancers get to the world championships they really are dancing against the best of the best – the standard is really high. So to have the girls placed in their duo, and for Leah who choreographed her own routine awarded a place – it’s just unbelievable.”

The girls will also be looking for success in next year’s European championships, 6which will take place in Germany.

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