A LITTLE toe-tapper who was too shy to get on the dance floor until four months ago wowed judges at a contest and scooped three top prizes.
Six-year-old rising starlet Casey-Jo O’Donovan started at the Chelsea Lupton School of Dance, based in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, about a year ago, but did not have the confidence to join her fellow dancers on the dance floor until May.
But once the Barnard Grove Primary School pupil got over her timidness the disco-dancing youngster went from strength to strength and started to enter competitions.
And it was at Casey-Jo’s second ever contest, a dance festival at Flamingo Land last month, that she impressed judges so much with her moves that she won first place in solo disco, rock ‘n’ roll and slow dance classes.
Her mum Joanne Stevens, who is also mum to Jaxon Crannage, aged 19 months, and five-month-old Amelia Grace Crannage, said: “We’re really proud of her, she’s done really well.
“Considering how she was when she first started about a year ago, she wouldn’t get on the floor or anything.
“She’s only started feeling her feet and getting on the dance floor in about May this year and since then she’s been doing really well.”
The full-time mum, of Forrest Walk, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, added: “This competition was only her second.
“We thought she might have done well but not this well.
“We’re really chuffed to bits with how she’s come on and then to get three firsts was just the icing on the cake really.
“She was really pleased with herself when she won and it’s given her even more confidence.”