Candice defies the pain to hit the heights in dance contest

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TEENAGE talent Candice Theasby has reached the finals of a prestigious national competition.

The determined teenager from Hartlepool hit the heights even though she was in pain throughout the competition.

The 15-year-old performed in a heat of the prestigious Miss Dance of Great Britain competition which has 40 qualifying events throughout the year.

But she did so well, she reached the grand finals of the competition, 11 months before they take place.

And she did it even though she had to compete with a leg injury that she is receiving ongoing treatment for.

Proud mum Kelly said: “It is amazing really. She is competing with a leg injury.

“She had six weeks off to rest through all of May and the first two weeks of June.

“She had only been back a week to ten days when she was runner-up in a heat of Miss Dance of Great Britain.

“Then she went in for this one a few days later and she won it.”

Kelly said her daughter had to have ice placed on her leg as well as physiotherapy to do her dancing.

Candice trains in all forms of dance at the Watson Academy of Dance, based in Park Road, where the principal is Mandy Watson, who is Candice’s aunty.

Mandy said: “This competition has been running for the last 40 years and you have 
to be 16 to take part in the 
final.

“But Candice will be 16 by the time she goes forward to the finals in Blackpool in June next year.”

Candice won her spot in next year’s finals by clinching top spot in a competition called The Three Graces at Rothwell near Leeds.

Mandy added: “Candice will be 16 next June which means she will be old enough to take part in the finals.”

But the talented youngster is no stranger to success.

She has featured regularly 
in Dance Fever down the 
years.

She was champion of English modern dance for 10 to 14-year-olds two years ago beating 130 other youngsters in a competition in Manchester.

She also won the North of England ballet title against 70 other children in a competition at Middlesbrough in the same year.