TWO dancers have hot-stepped their way to silverware.
Lauren Chatt, 15, and Molly Barnfather, four, are both students of Hatton Academy of Dance and Arts in Commercial Road, South Shields.
The pair were one of a number of dancers taking part in the Northern Regional Championships, held at Rainton Meadows Arena, in Houghton-le-Spring, against competitors from across the region and Scotland.
Lauren, from Sacriston, County Durham, danced her way to the top spot in the latin singles section and picked up soloist of the year while Molly won the classical, ballroom and latin sections for the under-fours in her first competition. Molly, from South Shields, is the youngest member of the juvenile formation team at the academy run by Wendy Hatton.
Both competed in the Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association championships.
Two professionals at the school, James Hatton, 23 and Lauren Phillips, 21, both from South Shields, also beat stiff competition to lift the Edna Murphy trophy during the Southport Adult Dance Festival.
Dance teacher and founder of the school, Wendy Hatton, said: “I’m extremely proud of all my dancers.
“They work extremely hard to get where they are.
“We have Molly who has done extremely well in what was her first competition, and James and Lauren, who started their dancing careers at the same age and are now winning trophies as professionals.
“All the dancers are really committed and work so hard. But it is like any sport, you have to study the craft and put in the hours.
“A lot of people dance for fun. Then there are those who dance and do medal tests, but for those who want to compete, it is a whole new level and a lot of hard work is involved.”
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