Lyla leaps to victory at dance championships

Date published: 29 June 2024

A talented local teenager has danced her way into the spotlight, achieving her dreams of becoming a championship dancer in both her freestyle disco solos and slow dance solos at the Humberside Championships dance competition on 9 June.

Lyla Briddon, 15, needed to lose grade points in order to twirl her way to the prestigious title - a feat she accomplished with flying colours at the Inspire Dance Competition in Sheffield, the Endeavour Championships in Boston, Lincolnshire, and now, in Hull, with all first-place finishes.

Fiona Briddon, principal teacher at FabDance Centre on Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale, and Lyla’s mother, told Rochdale Online how Lyla’s journey hasn't been easy. She said: “As the teacher’s daughter and the oldest member of our comp squad, she’s under immense pressure.

“I can rarely fit her in for lessons as other students come first, so she’s practically self-taught, spending countless hours practising at the studio."

She added: “She has worked so hard in training over the years and finally she has reached her target goal.  I'm immensely proud of her hard work and dedication to dance and will always be her biggest supporter to whatever the future holds for her.”

Lyla, from Whitworth, said: “This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I've trained hard to become a championship dancer and the hard work has paid off and my dreams have come true.

“I would like to thank my mother for fully supporting me in achieving my dreams, and for driving me up and down the country in attending dance comps and for all the cost involved.

“I know it hasn't been easy for her but she has fully supported me all the way. I'm currently looking at dance colleges to further my career and wish to perform on cruise ships in the future.”

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