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Shenley sisters enter ISTD Grand Finals in Guildford
Dressed head-to-toe in elegant costumes, these talented sisters twirled their way to the finals of a national dance competition.
Aimee and Charlotte Garcia, of Shenley, Radlett, were among a handful of children selected to perform at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Grand Finals in Guildford on Sunday, October 12.
It was 11-year-old Aimee who caught the judges' eyes and after a series of “tough and tiring” heats, went on to be named the national champion, winning first place in the under 12s silver bronze set dance category.
Her sister, Charlotte, 14, also stole the show as she took to the dance floor in a graceful zebra print costume and she was named in the top six of the under 14s solo bronze category.
The pair made it to the finals after winning a regional competition in Kent in May - and ever since their living room has doubled as a dance floor as they practiced their moves.
Aimee, a Year 7 pupil at Yavneh College, said: “The finals were very loud, it was crazy, but that spurs you on. It was so much fun and there were people screaming my name, cheering me on.
“I worked so hard and I knew I had a chance of winning. It was so exciting being up on the stage and when I found out I won, my mum went bananas. It was an amazing feeling.
“I loved wearing my sparkling outfits and I can’t wait to do it again.”
Their parents Nikki and Daniel Garcia spent the day of the competition helping their daughters with their four costume changes and styling their hair.
Her sister, Charlotte, said: “You just go up there and do your best really. It was a great honour and the buzz you get from being up there is incredible. I loved every minute of it.”
Despite her success, sporty Charlotte has chosen to give up dancing in favour of concentrating on her swimming and athletics.
Aimee, who was trained by Victoria Jane School of Dance, has been congratulated on her win by Strictly Come Dancing Stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite.
She added: “I’ve been dancing ever since I could walk and it’s all I want to do. I want to open my own dance school one day.”
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