Dancer’s world hopes despite health scare

Dancer Adele Jang Don with her husband and partner Jang SeHyoung Don
Dancer Adele Jang Don with her husband and partner Jang SeHyoung Don

A BRAVE dancer has reached the finals of a world championships despite taking ill hours before the qualifying heats.

Adele Jang Don became so poorly, she collapsed less than 24 hours before she was due to compete with her husband Jang SeHyoung Don in the finals of the UK Closed Professional 10 Dance competition in Bournemouth.

“The ambulance was called and I was asked to withdraw,” said Adele, 26.

She added: “I found it difficult to breathe and could not do a full practice for the full week before the competition.”

But the next day, she came off her sick-bed to finish runner-up. She was later diagnosed to have been suffering from both a chest infection an asthma problems.

Adele said: “I forced myself to compete as we had a lot riding on the competition as it was a qualifying event.”

It was good enough for the couple to qualify as the number 1 UK couple for the World Professional 10 Dance Championships in Gatineux, Canada.

“It came as a bit of a shock,” said Adele who will be competing at the worlds for the third year in a row.

The couple are hoping to improve on last year’s seventh placing and Adele added: “We were 2.5 marks behind the sixth placed couple so, this year, we have a lot of the top English coaches behind us, pushing us to our very limits to do well for our country.”

Adele, whose mum Carol Hammond has coached thousands of successful dancers at the Carol Hammond Dance Studio, in Hartlepool’s Dalton Street, is now hoping for world glory.

The dances covered in the ten dance are the five international ballroom (standard) dances: waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, tango and Viennese waltz, along with the five international Latin dances: rumba, samba, paso doble, cha-cha-cha and jive, as defined in ballroom dancing terms.

Adele added: “Jang is also the first Asian to represent England to a world championship so his home country of South Korea is really behind us, as he can put South Korea on the world map. We keep getting mail from South Korea sending their congratulations and good luck messages.”

The world championships will be held on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1.