Real champion performance from Chelsea’s dancers

Chelsea Lupton School of Dance members and their trophies.

Chelsea Lupton School of Dance members and their trophies.

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ONE hundred not out.

That’s the students from the Chelsea Lupton School of Dance who returned from a major festival with a clutch of trophies.

The school based in the Victoria Buildings on the Headland in Hartlepool sent 28 competitors to the East Coast Championships held at Cayton Bay in North Yorkshire.

But they shone throughout the event and the team, whose ages ranged from three to 24, returned with just over 100 trophies from the four-day event.

Proud dance school owner Chelsea Lupton said: “They did really well. It was a great effort against more than 200 other dancers who had come from all over the country.”

Highlights included 13-year-old Mia Cockrill who took the overall competition trophy and Chelsea said: “I am over the moon for her. She trains really hard but so do all of my students, especially for this competition which is one of the highlights in our calendar.”

The school will be hoping for more success when six students take part in one of the biggest events in the dance calendar early next month.

Lindsay Parry, 24, Jordan Lupton, 18, Megan Skeet, 10, Casey-Jo Donovan and Annabel Caid, both seven, and Alexia Butterfield, aged five, have all qualified for the finals of the prestigious Disco Kid King and Queen competition.

They will be held at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool from November 29 to December 1, and Chelsea said: “It is the biggest competition of the year. My students had to pre-qualify which they did at a competition in Manchester.

“People come from all over the world to take part in this one, including Norway and South Africa.

“There are usually more than 100 people in each age group and there are lots of age groups.”

During a busy period for the dance school, preparations are also under way for the Christmas show, to be held on Friday, December 6.

It starts at 7pm at the Owton Manor Club and tickets are £4.

Chelsea said: “There’s about 70 children taking part.”

Anyone interested in joining the dance school should come along to Chelsea’s weekly sessions for new starters.

They are held on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm.