Dancing Jarrow pair win scholarships at competition

Olivia Davies, left, and Lily Birks won two scholarships each as they beat a field of around 45 other challengers.
Olivia Davies, left, and Lily Birks won two scholarships each as they beat a field of around 45 other challengers.
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A pair of young dancers from South Tyneside enjoyed incredible success at a recent competition – as they walked away with all four awards on offer.

Lily Birks, 11, and Olivia Davies, 17, both from Jarrow, won two scholarships each from the Northern Counties Dance Teachers’ Association at an event held in Felling.

We’re absolutely thrilled, and really proud to think that students we have taught from being really young have achieved such massive recognition

Lindsey Poppleton Newman

The competition was split into freestyle and street dance categories, with Lily winning both in the junior section, and Olivia coming away with both scholarships in the senior section.

The pair both attend Poppleton School of Dance, in Jarrow, and won two trophies each, as well as shields for the club and their scholarships.

The scholarships mean they have been chosen to represent both styles of dance for the Northern Counties Dance Teachers’ Association at various events over the next year, and they were awarded £200 each to go towards their dance training.

Lindsey Poppleton Newman, who alongside sister Tracey Poppleton is the principal of the dance school, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled, and really proud to think that students we have taught from being really young have achieved such massive recognition.

“We were proud of all the girls who represented the dance school at the competition, and delighted two of them won the scholarships.

“We weren’t even sure about entering the competition at first, because we knew the standard of all the children was going to be exceptionally high. We decided to give it our best try, so it was fantastic to get two winners.

She added: “I thin they have both got a very bright future ahead of them in performing. They are very talented dancers and amazing performers, who wherever we go, people always comment on how they have got The X Factor.

“They have both travelled to Disneyland in Paris to perform, and we’re really proud of everything they contiue to achieve.

“The money they won to go towards their training will also be a huge help for them.”