Ellie Beveridge was seven when she first stepped into a pair of tap dancing shoes - and there’s been no stopping her
Within three years of starting to dance she won her first competition and has continued the winning streak.
This year the 13 year old, from Rochester Court, in Bourne, won the 11 to 15 age group gold medal at the Huntingdon Festival of Dance, held annually at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre.
Now Ellie, a Year 9 pupil at Bourne Academy says it is dancing that she looks forward to when she wakes up in each morning.
“When I’m dancing, I feel like I am in a world of my own,” said Ellie, who trains with the town’s Bourne to Dance Academy.
“When I’m on the stage I become someone different. I know it’s what I want to do and will keep on doing it.”
It all began with a chance find when Ellie stumbled across her mum Helen’s old pair of old tap dancing shoes.
“She asked what they were and I explained that I used to be a dancer, and she asked if she could have one,” said Helen.
“They are quite expensive, so I got her a pair from a charity shop. She took to it straight away. And now keeps winning competition after competition. She had a lot of potential.”
Helen, a professional dancer who gave up running a dancing school to have a family, said her daughter used to be bullied about her weight when she was younger and had no confidence until she took up dancing, which has given her a new lease of life.
Ellie agreed: “It feels as if dancing is my life and it’s all I want to do.”