World class! That was the verdict of the judges as seven-year-olds two youngsters from the Advertiser district defied the odds to scoop the pairs title at the prestigious World Freestyle Dance Championships.
Rosie Donaldson and her partner, Cameron Buckley, the rising stars of the Kimberley-based Velocity School of Dancing, teamed up to take on competitors from all corners of the globe in the prestigious tournament, which took place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
In the face of competition from more than 50 couples, Rosie,who lives in Brinsley and attends Underwood CofE Primary School, and Cameron, a Watnall boy who is a pupil at Nuthall’s Larkfields Infants, showed star quality with an amazing string of dance routines.
The confident youngsters, coached by their dance principal Colin Chedgzoy, came through four elimination rounds before taking their places in the Grand Final where they dazzled the judging panel with their agility, co-ordination, and flair.
In the face of opposition from countries including South Africa, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Great Britain, Rosie and Cameron who only started dancing with Velocity on its formation in 2013, turned out worthy winners.
Clutching their prestigious trophies the delighted youngsters shared their moment of glory with fellow dancers and thrilled family members.
Rosie’s mum Rachel and Cameron’s mother Laura, who hired out a hall in Greasley so that the youngsters could have extra practice space, said: “ We are so proud!”.
“They are so young and to win a competition of this magnitude at such a tender age is truly amazing.”
Expressing his delight at the youngsters’ incredible achievements, Colin Chedgzoy said: “They have defied the odds. They were given very little chance of winning and yet their performances were outstanding and everyone involved with Velocity is so proud of our little world beaters.
“When you consider that 1,600 performers have taken part in these championships representing 78 dance schools from all corners of the world, what Rosie and Cameron have achieved is simply mind blowing.”
They are just little children and yet they have showed great maturity. they have listened and learned and when it came to the crunch they have turned in exceptional performances .”