A teenage dancer is hoping she’s on the road to fame after a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
Elishia Cook, of Harton, South Shields, was one of just 52 dancers from throughout the UK to make it to the Miss Dance of Great Britain contest.
It’s the biggest venue I’ve ever performed at and I’m just really proud to have gotten there. I’ll never forget it.Elishia Cook
The 17-year-old travelled to Blackpool last weekend to perform at the famous Winter Gardens.
Elishia, who is studying A-levels at Harton Technology College, said: “I’ve been going to Miss Dance to watch since I was eight, either just for fun or to cheer on people that I know, so actually being there myself was amazing.
“I’ve danced on some quite big stages before as part of a group, but this was definitely the biggest on my own.
“It’s a huge venue and a big competition in the dance world so getting there felt like a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
“There were 52 girls there from across the UK and people were eliminated until there was only 12 left.
“I didn’t make it past that stage and I wasn’t really expecting to because the standard was so high, but just getting there and being in that group of 52 was an amazing feeling.
“It’s the biggest venue I’ve ever performed at and I’m just really proud to have got there.
“I’ll never forget it.”
Elishia studies tap, modern, ballet and other disciplines at Lumsdale Theatre Arts in South Shields.
She added: “I’m going to go back into the heats this year and hopefully make it back to Miss Dance of Great Britain in 2016.
“I was so nervous before I went on and when I came off stage the emotion just came over me and I started crying.
“I definitely want to get back there and do it again.”