AT just 11-years-old, twinkle-toed Rebecca Scott is flying the flag for the British ballroom and latin dance scene.
With partner Lloyd Perry, also 11 and from South Wales, the Knowle schoolgirl beat off stiff competition and scooped first place in ballroom and runner up in latin at the prestigious World Ballroom and Latin Championships held in Paris last week.
Proud mum Alison is delighted with the Arden School pupil’s success. “They were the only British couple to reach the final dominated by Ukraine and Russian couples.
“It is an amazing achievement, as with most sports, the training regime in these other countries almost always ensures that they dominate all events.”
Rebecca, who lives in Ullenhall Road with mum Alison, dad Ian and sister, Gemma,15, has been dancing since she was five and is dedicated to her craft, training three times a week at Dance Warehouse in Solihull and also in London.
“Lloyd and Rebecca have been dancing together for 12 months and in that time have not lost a single domestic competition. They have won the titles of United Kingdom champions, and British National champions in both ballroom and latin. They also travelled to Holland to enter the Dutch open and against international opposition, won the ballroom and were second in latin.” added Alison.
And the fleet-footed pair are set to become even more well known with invitations to showcase ballroom and latin dancing at the ‘Move IT’ dance exhibition next March at Olympia as well as an appearance on GMTV as part of the government initiative to introduce dance into schools as a way of keeping children fit. The duo were also invited onto Strictly Come Dancing but a last minute change in date from the show’s producers meant the clash in competition dates scuppered the idea.
Family time is limited with trips to competitions eating into many weekends but for the family it’s worth it.
“You have to let them follow their dream”, said Alison.