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Ballroom belles take first prize

PUBLISHED: 13:50 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:22 23 August 2010

TWO talented dancers have scooped first place in a national ballroom dancing competition. Friends Leah Finelli, 14, of Alexandra Road, Gravesend, and Tanya Foy, also 14, from Ditton, won the prestigious Champion of Tomorrow award at the Junior All Girl

TWO talented dancers have scooped first place in a national ballroom dancing competition.

Friends Leah Finelli, 14, of Alexandra Road, Gravesend, and Tanya Foy, also 14, from Ditton, won the prestigious 'Champion of Tomorrow award' at the Junior All Girl Championship ballroom competition in Blackpool last Saturday.

Their proud grandmother, Maxine Ruddock, of Axtane Close, Sutton-at-Hone, near Dartford, said: "This magnificent achievement is a credit to their dedication and intensive training that they both commit to.

"We were overcome with emotion after the announcement of first place was made, knowing that the gruelling training had paid off.

"The support from family, friends and their dance school has been amazing."

They took first place in the waltz and quickstep, dancing against 37 other couples from all over the country. They also came fifth in Latin dance, against 46 other couples.

Leah and Tanya have been dancing together for two years and train at the Starlite Dance School in Ditton.

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