Friends scoop top tap-dance awards

DELIGHTED ... Emily Tiffin, left, and Josie Habertson with their awards.
DELIGHTED ... Emily Tiffin, left, and Josie Habertson with their awards.

TWO South Tyneside teens have danced their way to success after scooping national titles.

Friends Emily Tiffin, 17, and Josie Habertson, 13, both gained the Theatre Dance Council International’s National Scholarship after impressing judges at a recent competition in Blackpool.

Emily gained the accolade for her tap dancing, while Josie scooped the award for her tap and modern dancing.

The pair both received a trophy and £250 each for their efforts.

Both the girls, who are members of Lumsdale Theatre Arts in South Shields, train every day and their parents are delighted with their achievements.

Emily’s mum Maureen Tiffin, of Westhope Road in South Shields, who is married to Bob, said: “We are all delighted with the girls. It’s such an achievement for them both to take home the titles.

“They both put a lot of hard work in, so it’s wonderful when the hard work pays off.

“Winning these titles holds a high esteem within the industry and it’s fantastic they can put it on their CVs.”

Emily fits her daily training in while working as an apprentice fitness instructor for her brother, Lee Tiffin, at Black Sheep Fitness Academy.

Josie, who lives with parents Karen and Paul Habertson in Ashley Road, South Shields, practises around her studies at St Wilfrid’s RC College.

Next on the agenda for the pair is the English Championships, which will be held in Manchester in November.

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