Performing at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is a dream for most ballroom dancers.
But six-year-old Casey Reast took it all in her stride and gave a masterful performance before a packed auditorium, to win a national title and a big trophy.
Casey, a pupil at Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School, won the International Dance Teachers’ Association Rosette of the Year for Latin dance in her age group. She had previously beaten all-comers in Durham to win the North East title.
Her parents Craig and Tina are justifiably proud of their daughter, who they describe as “a complete natural”. Tina added: “She is so natural and has flair and a presence on the dance floor.”
Casey was in good company. Bradley Taylor, a fellow pupil at Kirsty Marshall’s Academy of Dance, Brighouse, took a national title in the Under 13s, the latest in a string of wins for the Brighouse youngster.
He only started dancing at the age of 10 and in the last two years has taken the Latin dance title for the north east of England and became National Classical and Modern Sequence champion last October.
Kirsty Marshall set up her dance school only a year ago but her pupils have since gone on to win a host of regional and even national titles.
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