Academy duo make their mark in finals

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A TEENAGER has won a bursary after a stunning performance at a national event.

And another Hartlepool dancer was praised at the same competition.

Charlotte Coggin and Katie Blythe, both 17, reached the finals of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition.

They were among 52 competitors from all over the country.

Leanne Jeffries, dance tutor at the Northern Arts Academy, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, where both girls train, said: “Charlotte and Katie danced beautifully. It is an achievement in itself for the girls to have got to dance at the prestigious finals.

“Katie picked up a bursary award for best future potential, including £200. This is an amazing achievement for Katie as her first ever time on stage in competition was just the week before the finals.

“She started her training just two years ago and she has flourished and developed wonderfully.”

Charlotte, a student at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, lives in the Throston area of Hartlepool with mum Ruby, dad Danny, brother Henry, 18, and sister, Laura, 14.

Katie lives in Stockton with her mum and dad, Angela and Toby, brother, Dan 19, and sister Emily, 10.

Leanne said: “I am very proud of both girls and know that they will one day have successful dancing careers.”

Charlotte and Katie will be part of the talented team from the academy performing Rock It at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, next month.

The shows are on from Wednesday, July 6, to Saturday, July 9, starting at 7pm.

Tickets are £9, or £8 for concessions.

For more details, contact the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.