Tiny Sunderland dancer wins world championship title

Dancer Leah Kennedy aged 8 wins World Championship trophy

Dancer Leah Kennedy aged 8 wins World Championship trophy

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Tiny dancer Leah Kennedy has brought a world championship trophy back home to Wearside.

The eight-year-old was named the under-10 world champion at a contest in Blackpool.

Dancer Leah Kennedy aged 8 wins World Championship trophy

Dancer Leah Kennedy aged 8 wins World Championship trophy

The Bexhill Academy pupil, from Downhill, Sunderland, is one of the youngest in her category and still has another two chances of taking the title.

Leah, who dances in the freestyle category, trains three times a week at the McCarthy School of Dance, in Chester-le-Street.

Mum Amy Kennedy, 25, was bursting with pride.

“She’s been dancing for three years now and this was only the fourth under-10s competition she’s ever entered”, she said.

Dancer Leah Kennedy aged 8 wins World Championship trophy

Dancer Leah Kennedy aged 8 wins World Championship trophy

“I was just so happy for her, all her hard work has paid off. I was just buzzing for her, she really went for it when she was performing.

“She was competing against kids from all over the world – the runner-up was from Ireland – so to win the title was just amazing, I’m so proud of her.

“This has been a dream of Leah’s since starting dancing and as a little girl she’s worked for seven-months straight for this title. I can’t thank her teachers from McCarthy School of Dance and her sponsor Tiffany Rhinestones enough for believing in her and for helping make her dream a reality.

“I never doubted her, she is an inspiration, dancing with so much power when in reality she is a kind and gentle little girl.”

Amy added: “She wants to be a professional dancer when she grows up and that’s the best thing about her winning the world championships because her name will be out there and in the future she could be offered more sponsorships.

“She’s doing something that she loves and that’s what’s important.”