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Battling ballet dancer scoops title

FIGHTING BACK ... Georgia Eddon, above, who has won the regional final, and Josie Briant, inset, who is a finalist.

FIGHTING BACK ... Georgia Eddon, above, who has won the regional final, and Josie Briant, inset, who is a finalist.

A DANCER who is battling injury has come back fighting by scooping a prestigious ballet title.

Schoolgirl Georgia Eddon was left devastated when doctors told her she was suffering from a stress fracture in her spine.

But despite being told by medics to cut back on her passion for dance, Georgia has gone on to be crowned North East Ballet champion.

The 12-year-old who attends Art of Dance and Fitness based in Coronation Street, South Shields, scooped the prestigious title after beating more than 70 hopefuls with her ballet skills.

Her mum, dance teacher Suzanne Eddon, said: “This is a real achievement for Georgia.

“It’s not the first time she has taken part in the competition, but it’s the first time she has won – she was absolutely thrilled.

“She was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her spine last year, the doctors say she can still dance, but not to the extent she did.

“She has to have physio and, at times, is in a lot of pain, but she is determined not to let it get her down.

“She is taking the advice of doctors on board and she knows her limits – she knows when she has to step back.”

As well as celebrating the achievements of Georgia, the dance school had further cause for celebration after student Josie Briant danced her way through the finals of the Infant section of the competition.

It was the first time the eight-year-old had competed in the contest.

Mrs Eddon said: “It was the first time taking part in the competition for Josie and she made it all the way through to the finals which was fantastic.

“The girls really love their ballet and they work really hard – their achievements were well deserved.”

Art of Dance and Fitness runs classes in ballet, tap and jazz for children through to adults every day of the week.

For more information, contact the school on 455 5252.

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