Suffolk dancer celebrates win

A TWINKLE-TOED Suffolk dancer is today celebrating after she and her partner won a British championship competition for ballroom dancing.Joanne Bolton, 33, has been dancing since she was four years old and attended the Lait Dance Club, in Ipswich, as a child.

A TWINKLE-TOED Suffolk dancer is today celebrating after she and her partner won a British championship competition for ballroom dancing.

Joanne Bolton, 33, has been dancing since she was four years old and attended the Lait Dance Club, in Ipswich, as a child.

Today her parents Neville and Norma Bolton, who still live in the county, are celebrating her victory after she won the British Open Professional Championship.

Mr Bolton, of Croewcroft Glebe, Nedging Tye, said: "It was a wonderful event and fantastic for them to win.


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"We are just pleased that she has been able to realise and fulfil her life-long ambition."

Miss Bolton won the competition, which was held in Blackpool on June 3, with her partner Timothy Howson, 35.

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There to witness the couple win the title was Tom and Pat Lait.

Mrs Lait said: "There were hundreds of couples from all over the world dancing but Joanne and Timothy danced beautifully.

"It was a nail biting final but they produced quality dancing and great crowd entertainment."

Speaking last year, Tom Lait, said: "We go to see all the main championships in this country.

"We knew she was special and I remember having a discussion with her parents when she was in her teens about whether she was good enough to move on.

"When you have a girl with that much talent you are pleased to see her go on and do something better and we were very proud to see her do well."

Joanne has been dancing for three years professionally with her partner and they were even asked to appear on the television show Strictly Come Dancing.

However, the couple was too busy to be able to take part as they are currently touring in Japan and hope to return to their home in Surrey, in August.

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