Top of the world. That’s the fantastic dancers from Hartlepool who beat all comers at a prestigious championships.
Students from Nadine’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts came back with five titles, three runner-up spots and every dancer reaching the finals at the prestigious World Dance Championship in Rimini.
The Hartlepool contingency was part of a team of 150 who represented Team England in Bellaria-Igea Marina, which is on the Italian coast.
And they did their nation proud when Nicole McMorris, Jennifer Morrison, James Wilkinson Jones, and Katie Winward all lifted titles.
Runner-up spots went to Aria Dickinson, Bethany Young and Eliza Dobson with Lydia Peverill third and Elle Sullivan fourth in their respective categories.
All the students train at Nadine’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts in Hartlepool.
Proud dance school owner Nadine Kennedy said: “It was amazing. Every time one of our dancers won, they played the national anthem and there were lots of tears.
“It was the best thing I have ever done and we made lots of friends from different countries.”
One of the winners - 12-year-old Nicole McMorris who goes to High Tunstall College of Science - won a tap title at the competition, beating 60 rivals in her category.
She said: “I danced in front of seven judges and I did a new routine that I had learned in about five weeks. The atmosphere was phenomenal. There were so many people there.”
Nicole has danced with Nadine’s school since she was five and thanked her friends at High Tunstall for raising more than £100 to help towards the cost of her trip.
Three days of competing were held in categories such as fantasy, free show, belly dance, Caribbean dance and jazz-funk.
Further categories including hip-hop, house break, dance show, musical, rock’n’roll, twist, tap and dance pop.
Hartlepool’s new world champions are Nicole McMorris in tap, Jennifer Morrison in tap and modern, James Wilkinson Jones in tap, and Katie Winward in tap.