A Nottinghamshire dance school is sending six of its children to compete in a world dancing competition in Portugal in April.

Katie Wright’s School of Dance is putting on its ballet shoes and is hoping to make Nottingham proud.

The world dance competition is a new international event and is said to be “an experience for dancers of all different standards,” according to the organisers.

As well as competing the girls say they are excited to take part in workshops, masterclasses and more.

Heading off to the competition is Heidi Fletcher- Smith, 15, Leila Fletcher-Smith, 14, Amie Donovan, 15, Hannah Smith, 15, Lily Yates, 14, and Ruby Pare, 10.

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The girls have qualified for 20 routines where they will be performing many genres, including ballet, lyrical, jazz and contemporary.

The dancers succeeded in qualifying for the competition after they sent in an online audition and were later invited to compete at the World Championships.

In preparation the girls are training nearly every day, after school and on weekends. They describe the dance school as a “family that work together”.

The competition will be held from April 3 to 8 2020, at a resort in the Algarve.

“I’ll probably want to cry before i go on stage”

Lily Yates, 14


There will be three rounds and a massive cash prize up for grabs. If you receive a top placing in the first round you will move to the finals round. The top 20 routines from the finals round will then move to the grand world champion round.

Although the girls are confident dancers, they say they are feeling the nerves.

Three of the girls talk about how they are feeling before the competition

The girls have competed in other competitions, but none of them as big as this one. Lily Yates, one of the girls competing in the competition said: “Before I go on I’ll probably want to cry, but once I’m on stage I’ll be fine and I’ll love it.”