Congratulations to Year 8 student Emily Brown and her dance partner, Scott Wilson, who have become the youngest-ever couple to win two British Junior dance championship categories after taking part in a competition at Blackpool.
The duo, who have been dance partners for six years, became the British Junior Classical Sequence Ballroom Dance Champions as well as the British Junior Modern Sequence Champions.
As both Scott and Emily are both just 13 years old they are the youngest partnership in the long history of the event to achieve this result. For the Classical Championship they danced the Classical Waltz, Stardust Saunter, Tango Magenta and Rialto Two-Step to the sounds of the Empress Dance Band. Each dance was performed five times; in three heats, plus the semi and finals in the historic Winter Gardens ballroom, in front of seven professional adjudicators.
For the Modern Sequence Championship Emily and Scott danced the Engagement Waltz, Glenroy Foxtrot, Tango Tarquilla and Canterbury Quickstep, performing each dance four times. They also danced in two other competitions in the week, winning both as well as leading the Midlands team in the team match.
Emily and Scott practice at least twice a week with teachers Marjorie King and Katie Dimbleby and increase their training schedule when preparing for a competition. They competed against more than 20 other couples in Blackpool to secure their winning titles in Blackpool.
Emily said: ‘I have been dancing since the age of three and entered competitions at five. Scott and I began dancing together at the age of seven. We both like the tango best and danced every day of the competition, which lasted a week.
‘We practice in the morning, then I get my hair and makeup done and dance in the afternoon and I do get a bit nervous beforehand. I like how it can be really competitive but away from the dance floor everyone is friends. We do sequence dancing where all the couples perform the same dance. In ballroom everyone does different dances so we might start doing that as there is more opportunity to dance overseas in those competitions.’
Afterwards Emily’s father, Peter Brown, said: ‘In order to achieve this, these youngsters have to be physically very fit, dedicated, practice for many years and be technically brilliant, incredibly graceful and elegant. They are a credit to themselves and those who have worked so hard to train them.’