Talented teenager Abbey Burns is aiming to reach the top of the dance world after getting her first taste of West End stardom.
The 13-year-old, who attends Sarah Howe Cookson School of Dance, based at Perth Green CA, on Inverness Road, Jarrow, has just returned to her home in South Shields after a week-long scholarship at Pineapple Dance Studios, in London.
The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil won the scholarship after finishing third at the World Freestyle Dance Championships, in Winter Gardens, Blackpool, in June.
At Pineapple, Abbey danced alongside hopefuls from around the world, including China, Morocco, Dubai and America, before taking part in a West End performance at Leicester Square Theatre.
Abbey, who lives at High Moor Place, in the Parkway Estate, South Shields, showcased everything she had learned from the Pineapple choreographers in the performance, and is now even more determined to achieve her dream of “dancing with the stars”.
Mum Lisa Burns said: “Abbey just seems to be hitting every experience she could ever have dreamed of, and it’s fabulous. She wants to go as far as she can go.
Me and her dad couldn’t be any prouder of Abbey, and we’re with her every step of the wayLisa Burns
“She would move to London now if she could. She wants a career in dancing, and would love to dance with the stars, and also teach dance. She has travelled all over the country dancing, and has competed in some really big competitions, so this has been a massive year for her. She now has a platform for the future.
“Me and her dad couldn’t be any prouder, and we’re with her every step of the way.”
Abbey’s next big event is in December, when she will compete in Disco Kid at Blackpool Tower.
She has been with Sarah Howe Cookson School of Dance since taking up dancing six-and-a-half years ago.
Mum Lisa added: “Abbey is delighted with the dance school and very loyal.
“Sarah gives her huge support, and she wouldn’t be where she is without her putting her through to these massive competitions.
“She has gone from beginner to premier champion within a couple of years, and is at the highest level she could be at.
“Abbey is now preparing for a big one at Blackpool Tower in December, and we’re hoping to squeeze in a trip to Norway to dance in the championships there as well.
“The whole year is planned around Abbey and her dancing.
“When someone has a talent, you have to nurture and push it.”