Hartlepool dancing starlets a step away from national glory

NATIONAL FINALISTS: Lucy Kelly, left, and Emily Pettite who have both reached the grand finals of the Miss Dance contest.
NATIONAL FINALISTS: Lucy Kelly, left, and Emily Pettite who have both reached the grand finals of the Miss Dance contest.

DANCING starlets Lucy Kelly and Emily Pettite are a step away from national glory.

The two Hartlepool teenagers have already done the town proud by reaching the grand finals of a nationwide competition.

Now they are both hoping to shine in the finals of the Miss Dance contest.

The success has brought delight to Leanne Jeffries of the Elwick Academy of Dancing and Northern Arts Academy, which is based in Hartlepool.

She said: “This is the first time that both girls have qualified for the grand finals of Miss Dance.”

Lucy, 17, won the British Association of Teachers of Dancing Miss Dance heat in Hartlepool.

And to complete a great week, Emily, 18, then won the heat of the same competition in Wallasey near Liverpool the very next day.

Proud Leanne added: “I am thrilled with the girls and their achievement.”

But she said the rewards the two girls have had is all down to their dedication.

“They both work so hard and very much deserve it, and I can’t wait to watch them at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool at the final on June 7.

“They will be competing against 50 other heat winners from across Great Britain for the Miss Dance title.”

But this is a contest that the Elwick Academy has had plenty of success with over the years, as Leanne explained.

“It is not a competition we at Elwick Academy are unfamiliar with as over the years our school has produced lots of worthy finalists.

“Both girls are also currently studying for their A levels at English Martyrs Sixth Form College. Lucy is in her first year whilst Emily is in her second year.

“She has been auditioning for stage schools over the past six months and presently has been accepted and holds places at Mountview, Urdang, Bird College, and Leeds contemporary.”