Making it to the Disco Kid, King & Queen finals in Blackpool this month was the icing on the cake for young Stopsley dancer Craig Hopkins, 19.
Earlier this year, he was awarded two dance scholarships, turning down Wilkes Academy in Swindon in favour of London’s prestigious Urdang Academy.
The DKKQ competition is billed as “the pinnacle of freestyle achievement with only the best making it on to the legendary list.”
Proud mum Jane said: “When his number was called at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, we were all in floods of tears.
“It was such a huge achievement. He’s been training all this year for the competition and it meant the world to him.”
The former Cardinal Newman student has had no time to rest on his laurels - he’s gone straight into rehearsals for Urdang’s production of Move It at London’s Olympia in February.
Craig – who has an unidentical twin brother, Kyle – has been passionate about performing since he was 10.
He told the Herald&Post: “I can’t imagine another way of life – I live it and breathe it.”
Eight years earlier, this paper had predicted he would be the next Billy Elliot.