Talented dancers in national final

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TALENTED teenage dancers are preparing to compete against the very best.

Charlotte Coggin and Katie Blythe, both 17, will line up in the final of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition.

The pair both got the nod at their respective heats earlier this year and are now set to show off their talents on the national stage.

The prestigious competition will see just 52 dancers chosen from their heats across the country.

Charlotte and Katie, who are both members of the Northern Arts Academy, based in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, say they can’t wait for the competition which is taking place in Blackpool this coming weekend.

Charlotte, a student at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, who lives in the Throston area of Hartlepool with mum and dad, Ruby and Danny, older brother Henry, 18 and sister Laura, 14, said: “I think it will be brilliant next weekend.

“I honestly don’t know what to expect but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Katie, who lives in Stockton with her mum and dad, Angela and Toby, older brother, Dan 19, and younger sister Emily, 10, added: “This time last year I would never have thought I would make it to the final of this competition.

“I’m just looking forward to the experience.”

Leanne Jeffries, dance tutor at the Northern Arts Academy, said: “The girls have done incredibly well to get this far, it will be a fantastic experience for them.”

Meanwhile, Charlotte and Katie will be part of the talented team from the academy performing Rock It at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, next month.

People can enjoy the show from Wednesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 9, with all shows starting at 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £9, or £8 for concessions.