How dance helped conquer this Sunderland girl’s grief

Eight-year-old Hollie Creighton started dancing in honour of her grandad after he died. She is winning all of the competitions she is entering and has a lead role in the production of Bugsy Malone.
Eight-year-old Hollie Creighton started dancing in honour of her grandad after he died. She is winning all of the competitions she is entering and has a lead role in the production of Bugsy Malone.
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A STARLET dancing in honour of her grandad is showing off skills to make him proud.

Hollie Creighton began dancing about two years ago after the death of grandfather Leslie Webster, 72, of Pennywell.

The youngster took his death so badly that she started to see a counsellor. “She wasn’t coping at all,” said mum Muriel Creighton, 40, of Barnes.

“She had to go and see a counsellor, then she started dancing, and it has really helped her.

“She loves it so much that when she is poorly and can’t dance, she cries.”

Hollie, eight, who attends St Joseph’s Primary School, Millfield, will perform a lyrical dance in memory of her grandad at a competition this weekend.

“She has been preparing this, but has never performed it before,” said Michelle, who is married to Hollie’s dad, Alan, 43.

“Her dance teacher has choreographed it, and she will be dancing to Dance With Me, by Kurt Bestor.

“I’ll probably cry when I see her. It will be an emotional day.”

Hollie has won numerous trophies since she started dancing, including three cups for best personality.

“It’s so nice to see our little girl doing so well,” said Michelle, who also has four sons and a one-year-old daughter.

“We had four boys before we had Hollie, so to see our girl doing these things is fantastic.

“Her brothers are really proud of her, and very protective.

“Hollie tries to teach the baby, Lacey, to dance, and she has started too.

“She kicks her legs around and things now.”

Hollie, who attends Shameem Karim School of Performing Arts, Grindon Community Centre, will compete in a regional competition – the Bobby Dazzler Eggstravaganza in Billingham – at the weekend.

Her dance teacher, Shameem Karim, said: “Children from all over the North East will be coming to compete. It is a very high level competition.

“But in all of the competitions that Hollie has been entering, she has been doing really well.

“She has been placing first, second and third in all of them.”

As well as competing, Hollie has been asked to take part in charity and community events, and has gained a lead role in the musical Bugsy Malone, which will be performed for the first time by the Northern Youth Theatre Group.

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