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    Dancing pupils are on top of the world

    TWO pupils at a Darlington school are dancing for joy after being chosen to represent England in a competition against performers from all over the world.

    Ellie Bancroft and Millie Turley, who both attend Polam Hall School, will travel to Portugal next summer to compete in the Dance World Cup.

    It is billed as the world’s biggest all-genre dance competition for children and young adults, with more than 20,000 competitors from 54 countries bidding for honours.

    Ellie and Millie, both 15, were selected for the finals in Braga after being selected by a panel of judges who assessed their talents on a video submission.

    The award-winning girls, who have been dancing since the age of two, will represent their country in the “Acro” category between June 28 and July 6.

    Ellie, who trains at Nadine’s Dance Company in Hartlepool, came ninth in the Dance World Cup last year. “It’s a huge honour to be chosen so I hope I can do even better this time,” she said.

    Millie, who attends the MacAdam School of Dance in Newton Aycliffe, added: “Reaching the Dance World Cup finals is a dream come true.”

    Polam Hall principal Kate Reid said: “We are so proud of Ellie and Millie because they are not only talented but work hard to be the best they can possibly be in everything they do. Creativity is at the heart of the school and their achievements in competing on the world stage are an inspiration to us all.”

    Both girls are so passionate about dance that they are determined to pursue careers in the performing arts.

    Ellie, who hopes to embark on a musical theatre course at Stockton Riverside College in September, will also compete for England in the Acro Duet at the Dance World Cup. She has been crowned Cleveland Acro Champion two years’ running, and other recent successes include winning a song and dance championship in Hastings, and being named “Junior Supreme Champion” in an Acro contest in Middlesbrough.

    Millie was Senior Bursary Champion in the NE Dance Live event in Newcastle. She has been offered a half scholarship to attend the MEPA Dance College in Kent, and a full scholarship for the Addict Dance Academy in Leicester.

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