Two local dancers traveled to Blackpool last weekend as they both received nominations for the prestigious Fearless Dancer of the Year ball.
Calvin Miller, 14, who attends Dance Mafia in Saltcoats, has been nominated for Senior Hip-Hop Dancer of the Year – narrowed down to five from thousands of dancers across the UK.
While 6-year-old Aria McCart, who attends Stanley Primary School, was nominated in the Junior Hip-Hop Dancer of the Year category – in which she was crowned the winner.
The event took place at the prestigious Winter Gardens in Blackpool, which hosts some of the biggest dance events in the UK.
Aria’s mum, Amyleigh Cavanagh, who also teaches Dance Mafia, said: ‘To even be nominated is such an honour, to have these kids recognized for their incredible talent is just awesome to see, they both work so hard. hard and are really such a credit to us.
“Aria McCart walked away with the top prize for Junior Hip-Hop Dancer of the Year against kids more than twice her age, because she’s only six years old, she’s already breaking her dance journey by winning massive titles.
“I am more than proud of these two children! They are hardworking, dedicated, passionate and humble. They absolutely deserve this recognition.
Dance Mafia are now on the countdown to the British Hip-Hop Championships in a few weeks where they take five teams to represent Scotland in the Hip-Hop Battle of England.
Amyleigh shared her daughter’s success on Facebook with incredible responses of congratulations on her achievement.
She also shared a heartwarming video showing a number of youngsters from another dance school showing their support for young Aria throughout the evening.
She commented, “When Aria won her award, I felt like I had my own kids dancing with me with how strong they were cheering her on.
“Honestly, my heart melted, whoever the kids are in the dance, it’s absolute credit that they give you back!”
Aria attends April’s Street Feet dance school in Dalmuir, which means an hour-long commute to and from class from her home in Saltcoats several times a week.
Having only started a little over a year ago, her dance teacher commented, “It was the easiest job when she had natural talent!
“She has already achieved so much in our short time together and believe me, this is just the beginning!”
Congratulations to Aria and Calvin from all the staff at the Herald!
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