Tears of joy after Jake wins top dance title

Jake Dawes with Joey Essex.

Jake Dawes with Joey Essex.

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A proud mum was reduced to tears of joy as her son was crowned a national champion.

Susan Dawes, from Hartlepool, watched as her 13-year-old son Jake - from the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts - won the Chase The Stage Solo competition at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and received his prize from Joey Essex.

I was so proud. Me and Jake’s auntie were there and we were in tears when his name was read out. This was a big event and lots of people had gone in for it. When they called his name and said he was first, it was unbelievable

Susan Dawes, proud mum of national champion Jake Dawes

Mum-of-three Susan, 32, said: “I was so proud. Me and Jake’s auntie were there and we were in tears when his name was read out.

“This was a big event and lots of people had gone in for it. When they called his name and said he was first, it was unbelievable.”

Susan, who is also mum to nine-year-old Maddison and five-year-old Georgia, said Jake only began dancing around two years ago after encouragement from Debbie Barrass - who won the Best Teacher award at the same competition.

Jake’s prize in the contest, which was organised by Talent Fest UK, included a chance to work with Chase The Stage to produce an advert promoting this year’s competition.

He also gets an opportunity to spend the day with dancers from the prestigious Urdang Academy, and a scholarship at Pineapple Studios in London.