Thursday, 23 September 2021

Girl is national freestyle dance champion

A HENLEY schoolgirl won two awards at a national dancing competition.

A HENLEY schoolgirl won two awards at a national dancing competition.

Delilah Clerehugh, eight, won the under-10s age group at the National Freestyle Dance Championships in Southport.

She was then named best overall beginner after dancing for a second time against all the entrants in the beginners’ category.

The Rupert House School pupil was presented with two trophies for her efforts, which will sit alongside the 16 cups, plaques and medals she has won at various contests in the past 12 months.

Delilah, whose father Paul Clerehugh runs the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, got into freestyle dancing about a year ago.

She started lessons after the mother of a school friend, a dance teacher who lives in Oxford, saw her dancing and told her mother Sian she had potential. Delilah, who has an older sister called Matilda, 11, and a younger sister named Florence, six, now trains four times a week with the Flair Dance School in Oxford.

She gained her place in the national championships after winning three regional heats. She began rehearsing her routine, which was set to disco music and choreographed by her teacher Kelly-Jayne Poulter, about two months beforehand.

Mrs Clerehugh said: “I feel so proud. She has trained so hard and really deserved to win. When she was told she had won, her teacher said her smile just lit up the room. This has really boosted her confidence.

“She’s even more keen now to take her dancing to the next level. She is so enthusiastic about it. She dances around the lounge when she isn’t training at the studio — she never stops moving.”

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