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Tredworth superstar Lydia dances off with top spot in contest

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

Lydia Hall

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Dancing superstar Lydia Hall has hot-stepped her way to first place at a national dance competition.

Lydia, 11, from Tredworth, took part in the U14’s National Latin American Championship in Blackpool earlier this month.

She came away with first place with her partner Oliver Beardmore, who is from Bournemouth.

Dad John said: “It was a tough competition as she was the youngest on the floor.

“She had to dance two or three rounds and compete with people from all over the country to secure the title.

“In the finals there were only two southern couples and four northern couples.”

But Lydia is not taking off her shoes for a well-earned rest yet. She is now getting ready to dance at the Italian championships, Duchess championships and another contest in Paris later this year.

Last month Lydia was selected to represent England along with dance partner Oliver Beardmore at the ballroom and Latin junior world championships in Paris.

During this competition she came sixth out of more than 150 people from across the world.

John said: “The competition was judged by 17 judges and she impressed nearly all of them.”

Lydia who travels to Southampton twice a week to train, also takes part in competitions every weekend across the country.

John said: “She trains for four hours on a Friday and also on Tuesdays. At the weekend she came first in an U14 Latin and ballroom competition in Manchester.

“Her teacher said she will go a long way. She already has nine foreign competitions lined up for this year.

“She wants to do Strictly Come Dancing but she knows her first priority is achieving world ranking titles.”

Following a Citizen appeal last year, union UNITE, is sponsoring Lydia.

John said: “The money goes a long way as Lydia’s next dress is going to cost £1,700.”

Lydia was at a dancing competition in Manchester with her mum this weekend.

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