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Serenna dances her way to first place

PUBLISHED: 13:29 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 12:09 03 July 2010

CHAMPION: Serenna Spurling and the trophy she won in London

CHAMPION: Serenna Spurling and the trophy she won in London

Rising ballet talent Serenna Spurling has danced her way into first place at a national competition battling it out with 80 hopefuls from across the country.

Rising ballet talent Serenna Spurling has danced her way into first place at a national competition battling it out with 80 hopefuls from across the country.

The 11-year-old, from Stephenson's Close, Great Yarmouth, was selected by her tutor Sharon Glennie at the Lowestoft-based June Glennie School of Dance to be part of team of six going to London for the competition.

She captured the classical imperial junior ballet award, delighting her mother Kelly Hedgell and grandmother Yvonne Hall who went with her.

They said Serenna had a real passion for all forms of dancing and only started ballet two years ago. Winning a national trophy at her first big event was remarkable her mother said and had spurred Serenna on to achieve even more.

Children came from all over the country including Ireland in a bid to impress the judges at a theatre venue. In Serenna's group the final hinged on a solo dance on the theme of homework. “It was really lovely. I thought she would get to the final but I never thought she would win,” Mrs Hall said. “It was her first big event, she was thrilled,” her mother added.

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