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Move over Billy Elliot, here's Dale

PUBLISHED: 13:11 01 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

HE stands less than five feet tall, but dancing schoolboy Dale White has already reached the top five in his class across the whole of Britain.

The nine-year-old who goes to Gusford Primary School in Ipswich parted from his previous dancing partner because he was improving too fast for her.

HE stands less than five feet tall, but dancing schoolboy Dale White has already reached the top five in his class across the whole of Britain.

The nine-year-old who goes to Gusford Primary School in Ipswich parted from his previous dancing partner because he was improving too fast for her. But, with a girl two years his senior who towers over him, young Dale turned in a stunning performance at the recent British Championships in Blackpool.

Dancing with 11-year-old Katherine Giannini, of Orpington, Kent, Dale quickstepped into eighth place in the ballroom dancing category. And, amongst the top 16 couples in the Latin American section, the couple achieved an astounding fifth place.

The competition, held at Blackpool's Winter Gardens, is one of the most prestigious dancing events on the calendar and is used as a guide for selecting the national side. Dale competes in the age group up to 12 years, making him one of the youngest competitors – with two further years to improve.

His proud mother Michelle said: "It was not bad considering most of the other contestants were two years older and much taller than him. It was very exciting to watch him do so well – it was one of his best performances so far."

Dale, of Evabrook Close, Belstead Hills, Ipswich, has bagged dozens of dancing trophies, medals and titles after taking his first lessons just over two years ago. The young ballroom and Latin American dancer has been touted for international glory and his rate of progress proved too great for his original partner, Zoe Scott.

Mrs White said: "Zoe was the same age as Dale but his coaches told him he was too advanced for her and that he had to change. The girl he dances with now, Katherine, is an inch-and-a-half taller and will be too old for his age group next year, but she was the best option when we were looking for a new partner."


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