Success for Ipswich dancers

FOUR Ipswich couples – three from the same family - danced their way to success at a major competition in Blackpool.The dancing pairs – all trained at the Ipswich School of Dancing in Bond Street – took part in the Champions of Tomorrow competition in The Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

FOUR Ipswich couples - three from the same family - danced their way to success at a major competition in Blackpool.

The dancing pairs - all trained at the Ipswich School of Dancing in Bond Street - took part in the Champions of Tomorrow competition in The Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

James Emmerson, 16, and Samantha Button, 16, danced a quickstep and a rumba in the adult novice competition - and came first place.

James' brother Simon, 14, and Hannah Smith, 13, danced a waltz and a cha cha, and came fourth in the junior beginners competition.

The boys' mother, Jenny Emmerson, also danced a slow foxtrot and a jive with dancing partner David Windsor, and came fourth place in the over 35s intermediate competition.

While Bert and Rita Park, who danced a waltz and a cha cha, came fourth in the over 35s beginners competition.

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Jenny Emmerson, 42, of Abbotsbury Close, Ipswich, said: "I am really proud of my sons. I think they both really deserved their success."

Sue Matthews, co-partner of the Ipswich School of Dancing, trained the first three couples. She said: "I am ecstatic. It is really, really good. We are very pleased. We teach people from aged three - and we even have one person who is 88. Dancing keeps you fit!"