Dancers prove they are world beaters!

By Ellen Grindley in Local People

South Hams youngsters are world champions again.

Dancers from the Totnes School of Dance were part of the Team England dance squad which took the top spot in the Dance World Cup held in Germany.

It is the second year running that the dancers have been part of the winning national dance team and the fifth year that Team England have won the world competition.

This year 20 dancers from the King Edward VI Community College-based dance school were competing and they came back with silver medals in the senior ballet quartet and bronze in the junior ballet quartet. Soloist Chloe Hawkins also picked up a bronze.

The youngsters had to raise £10,000 to take part in the week-long dance competition involving more than 12,000 competitors from 47 different countries. To help raise the cash the youngsters organised a barn dance, went bag packing at a supermarket, put on a dance show and dressed up for a onesie week.

Dance school principal Louise Knapman said they were “proud to be part of the winning Team England”.

She added: “We are extremely grateful to all the local companies who helped make this possible.”

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