Tap has given Ellie the confidence to succeed

Helen Beveridge and her daughter Ellie, 13. Helen is an ex-professional dancer and Ellie is following in her footsteps having had some success in competitions.'Photo: MSMP011113-012ow

Helen Beveridge and her daughter Ellie, 13. Helen is an ex-professional dancer and Ellie is following in her footsteps having had some success in competitions.'Photo: MSMP011113-012ow

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Ellie Beveridge was seven when she first stepped into a pair of tap dancing shoes - and there’s been no stopping her

since.

Helen Beveridge and her daughter Ellie, 13. Helen is an ex-professional dancer and Ellie is following in her footsteps having had some success in competitions. Helen pictured in 1989, whilst on tour in Japan.  PICTURE SUPPLIED.'Photo: MSMP011113-016ow

Helen Beveridge and her daughter Ellie, 13. Helen is an ex-professional dancer and Ellie is following in her footsteps having had some success in competitions. Helen pictured in 1989, whilst on tour in Japan. PICTURE SUPPLIED.'Photo: MSMP011113-016ow

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.”