Determined not to let lockdown affect her progress in dance, Year 7 student, Maddie Iddles, soon discovered that competing online was the way to go.
Over the past few months, she has entered a total of 11 virtual competitions and achieved a prize haul of 10 trophies and 11 medals for clinching four firsts, seven seconds and three thirds.
After the impact of coronavirus halted all dance classes and live performances, a vast number of exciting competitions began to emerge in the online arena.
The format is simple – dancers send in videos of their routines for the judges to assess and either rank according to their final score or move up to the next round.
Dancing since the age of five, Maddie has taken part in a variety of these competitions from all around the globe, including Nexstar, Dance Equality, Rainbow Stars and Stomp the Yard.
The twelve-year-old dance enthusiast is also a member of the Sophie Elizabeth Dance Academy, where she specialises in styles ranging from Hip Hop to Jazz.
Maddie’s mum, Susan, said: “We’re so proud of how hard Maddie has worked during lockdown. She’s taken her dance to the next level in terms of confidence and flexibility, as well as rising to the challenge with her school work.”
“Her home learning has been going really well and we’d like to thank the school for all of the encouraging emails we’ve received about her school work.”
The best of luck to Maddie, who is currently taking part in a competition called ‘The Joy of Dancing: Part 2’, the results of which will be announced in around a week’s time.