Twirling their way to the top

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BUDDING dancers are celebrating after a strong performance at a national competition.

Youngsters from the Teesside Twirlers, who meet at St Matthew’s Hall, in Elwick Road, won accolades at the Great British Baton Twirling Championships held recently in Primrose Valley.

The club has 20 members and 13 youngsters took part in the championships.

Lori Sowerby, 42, who runs the dance school, said: “The children were amazing.

“They were competing against teams from across the UK including Edinburgh and considering we have only been running two years it is a great achievement.

“The children were outstanding considering it was their first major competition,” added the mum-of-one NHS worker.

Youngsters took part in three competitions at the event – the baby baton twirling, baby pom-pom dance and tots pom-pom dance.

The baby pom-pom team, which is aged seven and under, came fourth out of 13 teams, while the tots, who were aged ten and under, came second out of 15 teams.

They were competing against 20 teams from across the UK from Edinburgh to Guernsey.

The teams are now training towards the next competition which takes place in Oldham in December.

The club has also started a new beginners class on Sunday mornings teaching baton twirling and pom-pom dance.