Bidding to be the best of Britain

Charlotte Coggin (left), Katie Blythe (centre) and dance tutor Leanne Jeffries look forward to the competition
Charlotte Coggin (left), Katie Blythe (centre) and dance tutor Leanne Jeffries look forward to the competition

A PRESTIGIOUS dancing title could be a step away for two talented Hartlepool dancers.

Eighteen-year-olds Charlotte Coggin and Katie Blythe have made it to the finals of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition.

And there’s not long to wait to find out if they are the best of British as the competition in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens will be held on Sunday.

Their dance tutor Leanne Jeffries, from the Elwick Road-based Northern Arts Academy, said: “Fingers crossed for both of them again this year.

“They both managed to win a place at the finals last year and have done it again this year.”

Charlotte, who lives in the Throston area of Hartlepool, and Katie, who lives in Stockton, each won a heat – of which there were only 52 held across the UK.

Leanne added: “Charlotte won a heat in Cheshire and Katie won our regional Hartlepool heat.”

In 2011, Katie was crowned as the dancer with the best potential and won the John Dilworth trophy as well as £200 cash.

Leanne said: “In the past year, Katie has been studying performing arts at the Italia Conti Theatre Arts, in London, and has been awarded a scholarship for her final two years at the school.”

She has also been awarded a scholarship at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (MADD) and is awaiting a decision to see if she had been accepted for the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, which is the UK’s only conservatoire of its type.

Leanne added: “Charlotte is in the middle of completing her A Levels at English Martyrs Sixth Form College and has secured places at several universities to study BA Hons psychology.

“She is also awaiting decisions from performing arts institutions.”

Miss Dance of Great Britain is run by the International Dance Teachers Association.