Young Javea dancers win gold in international dance competition

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SEVEN DANCERS from Studio 23 dance school in Javea have recently returned from the Hungarian town of Pecs where they competed in the 15th International Dance Federation World Championships.

It was the first time Enmi-lou Hanney, Charlotte Tait, Lily Steele, Mairiann Robertson, Yasmin Parker, Annabel Kelley and Nina Eglington – all aged between 10 and 14 – have competed internationally and in the words of Studio 23 Director, Xenia Bragagnini, they did an ‘amazing’ job – coming first in the Folk category with their Irish soft shoe dance and bringing back gold to the Costa Blanca coastline.

The International Dance Federation World Championships takes place in a different country every year, with more than 20 countries and 2,000 dancers competing for the prestigious world titles in over 30 styles of dance.

The girls also came 7th in the world for their modern dance and 18th in the duos category.

Studio 23 opened 18 months ago and Xenia said: ‘for these amazing children – who only have been dancing for 18 months – to come first in such a prestigious competition is incredible’.

Xenia herself started dancing at the age of 3 at the Westminster School of Performing Arts every Saturday. By the age of 11 she knew she wanted to pursue a career in dance and successfully auditioned for the Barbara Speake Stage School.

At the age of 15 she was scouted to join the Ravenscourt Theatre School before going on to Westminster Kingsway to obtain her BTEC Diploma in musical theatre where she received a triple distinction.

The International Dance Federation World Championships holds a special place in the heart of Xenia having represented the England dance squad for 8 years.

Together with colleagues Rebecca, Sassy and Sean, Xenia offers a variety of classes at Studio 23 for both children and adults, including Singing, Ballet, Tap, Modern/ Jazz, Hip Hop/ Street, Irish, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, Salsa, Gymnastics, Drama and even a ‘Choir & Glee Club’.

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