Mama mia! That’s a great result

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TEN dancers headed to a prestigious competition - and returned home to Hartlepool with a clutch of 27 trophies.

But it was not just the students who came home victorious. Their parents did as well.

And the teacher who trains the youngsters could not be more proud.

Jade Cook runs the On Your Toes dance school based at Enterprise House in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool.

She had ten young students compete in a dance festival at the Blue Dolphin venue in Filey. She described the outcome as “amazing”.

The festival included a supreme grand prix where all dancers, regardless of their grade, battled it out to win “fantastic prizes,” said Jade.

On Your Toes student Ellie Woods, aged eight, won a mountain bike while seven-year-old Chelsea Milburn took home a scooter - and both won the grand prix title in their age groups, said Jade.

She added: “The dancers had two chances to qualify for the grand final which was held on the Sunday and all of my dancers qualified in the first heats.”

Then came the surprise element to the weekend.

Jade explained: “As a fun aspect of the weekend the parents were taught a team dance before we went and performed it on the Saturday night in a competition against other parent teams.”

The On Your Toes parents called their team Ruff Sistas. They dressed as nuns, performed a street dance routine and took home first place.

Jade said: “The children really enjoyed watching their mums strut their stuff. The venue was full of compliments to them saying how entertaining they were.

“We came home from the competition with a whopping 33 first places across all the categories which is a huge achievement from just a small number of kids.

“I am so very proud of them all they all work extremely hard and deserve the recognition for it. They are a fantastic bunch of well-mannered boys and girls and their parents dedicate a lot of their time to allow these kids to do what they love which is very inspiring to see.”

On Your Toes has 30 people on its books but Jade said she would love more people to come along. Beginners classes run from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on a Thursday , with toddler classes between the same times on a Thursday.