Festive success for young dancers

Luton dancers Craig Hopkins and Chani Myrie after winning their caregories at Disco Kid King and Queen championships in Blackpool
Luton dancers Craig Hopkins and Chani Myrie after winning their caregories at Disco Kid King and Queen championships in Blackpool

Two young Luton dancers are celebrating their success after triumphant performances at the Disco Kid King and Queen championships in Blackpool earlier this month.

Craig Hopkins took the Adult Boy title in Slowdance Superstar 2015 while Chani Myrie won the Under 10 section for the third year running.

Former Cardinal Newman pupil Craig said: “I’ve dreamed about winning this title for years and now that it’s finally come true, I feel as if I’m still dreaming.”

Chani, who goes to Someries Junior School, said she wanted to make her parents happy and added: “I just love to dance slow.”

Craig’s proud mum Jane said: “It was a really emotional event with parents and teachers in tears at their terrific accomplishment.

“They were also runners-up in their Disco Kid age categories on the Sunday.”

The DKKQ competition is billed as the ‘pinnacle of free-style achievement with only the best making it on to the legendary list.”

The dynamic duo, both from Stopsley, are still pinching themselves after winning scholarships to the prestigious Abby Lee Dance Company in America at the West Empire Dance Competition in Dublin earlier this year.

More than 800 grand finalists took part in the DKKQ championships at Blackpool.

Promoters Gary and Pat Waite of Dancelines said the standard had been outstanding. Pat added: “We’ve been doing this for more than 25 years and it was exceptionally high this year – a weekend of really brilliant dancing.”