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Award for Gorleston dancer

PUBLISHED: 10:33 30 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 03 July 2010

The foster carers of 15-year-old Charlie Lovett were beaming with pride on Saturday as the 15-year-old won an award for his dancing skills.

Charlie, who lives in Gorleston with Ron and Sharon Upton, was recognised for his efforts in overcoming adversity by taking up dancing and becoming an integral part of the Star EFX dance group.

The foster carers of 15-year-old Charlie Lovett were beaming with pride on Saturday as the 15-year-old won an award for his dancing skills.

Charlie, who lives in Gorleston with Ron and Sharon Upton, was recognised for his efforts in overcoming adversity by taking up dancing and becoming an integral part of the Star EFX dance group.

And he overcame problems of low confidence and anxiety by taking to the stage at a West End's Haymarket Theatre in April to perform three dances in front of a packed crowd.

During that Sunday Night Live show Charlie impressed the audience by dancing to Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson hits.

Charlie has been dancing for several years and has also appeared at Great Yarmouth's Marina Centre and the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft.

Speaking before Saturday's award ceremony Charlie, who is enjoying his new found confidence, said it would great to win an award and that he was not nervous at all about going up to receive it.

He also said that he did not want to be dancer when he was older but he would keep doing it as a hobby.

Mr Upton said he and his wife would feel very proud as the 15-year-old picks up his award for his success in the performing arts.

He said: “It has been a huge achievement by Charlie. He had overcome all sorts of problems. He has done so well.”

Mr Upton also said the Saturday's event was a great way to recognise the many achievements of children in care which are often overlooked.


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