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South Shields teenager brings home trophy haul for modern dance

Josie Harbertson has won  English dancing championship
Josie Harbertson has won English dancing championship

A SOUTH Tyneside starlet danced off with a prestigious national honour – and more success could be on the way.

Josie Harbertson dazzled her way to the Theatre Dance Council International’s English National Dance Championship trophy for modern dancing, and has already set her sights on further glory.

The 13-year-old, from Ashley Road, in South Shields, also managed to get to another two finals in the competition, which was held in Sale, Manchester, coming third in the tap section, and fourth in the song category.

Josie, a pupil at St Wilfred’s RC College, South Shields, said: “It was hard but I really enjoyed it. The fact that I’ve won the tap category last year makes it special as well.

“There were about 70 other people in the competition so I know I’ve done well.” Josie says she hopes to make a career from her passion, to which she devotes hours of training and rehearsing each week.

She said: “I want to be a dancer and I hope that one day I’ll be performing in the West End. That’s my dream.”

Her parents, Karen, 48, and IT consultant Paul, 46, who are also parents to Josie’s sisters Karis, 18, and Erin, 16, say: “We’re delighted with how well Josie’s done because she puts in so much effort.

“She practices morning and night and all day Saturday.

“Despite everything she’s achieved she’s modest about it and she’s also very well disciplined which is why I think she’s been so successful.”

Josie has now been nominated for a Classical Award in Le Classique De Danse awards which take place in Southport, on Merseyside, in March.

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