Eleven years old Zoe Kyte from Eglinton has recently wowed the judges of the Associated Board of Dance in England securing the Junior Acrobatic Scholarship for 2011.
The Limavady Grammar school pupil attended the scholarship competition which was held in Sutton earlier this month.
Dancing since he was three, Zoe represented the Eglinton based Rainbow School of Dance and competed against 37 tap dancers, 29 ballet dancers, 49 modern dancers and 37 acrobatic students, all aged between 10 and 13, to wow the judges.
After four intense workshops she was chosen by the judges to perform her solo routines in ballet, tap, modern and acrobatics.
Her dance teacher Venessa Chapman said: “This in itself was a massive achievement and more than Zoe had ever hoped for when entering!
“After completing her solo routines we had to leave the competition to catch our flight home, only just making it! Therefore we only received the results on Tuesday and we were overwhelmed to hear that Zoe had placed first in the U.K. for the acrobatic section!
“Her pround parents, Sandra and Ciaran Kyte, shared her joy with the result, given the level of talent in this category. Venessa added: “Zoe is a dedicated student who practices relentlessly.
“She has a lovely personality on and off stage and I feel her performances were worthy of the result she achieved. She made me so proud!”