Twinkle-toed youngsters aim for TV fame

A pair of twinkle-toed children from Norwich will be tripping the light fantastic in front of millions of TV viewers tonight.Courtney O'Connor and Toby Lee have been picked from hundreds of hopefuls to compete in ITV1's Baby Ballroom, the children's answer to BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.

A pair of twinkle-toed children from Norwich will be tripping the light fantastic in front of millions of TV viewers tonight.

Courtney O'Connor and Toby Lee have been picked from hundreds of hopefuls to compete in ITV1's Baby Ballroom, the children's answer to BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.

If their cha cha cha routine is successful, the 11-year-olds could go on to appear in the show's final the following weekend.

“Lots of the children who compete in these competitions take it very seriously but for Courtney and Toby this is just a bit of fun,” said Courtney's mother, Claire.

“They are good all-rounders but their favourite is Latin.”

The pair began dancing together five years ago when Courtney, from Catfield, near Stalham, joined the Ludham Dance Centre run by Toby's mother, Jenny.

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“They both picked up their steps really quickly and now they are a really good team.”

In February, the couple won a gold medal for beginners' ballroom in the international competition, Irish Celtic Classic. Their success is a real family affair, with Toby's grandmother, Anne Lee, from Wroxham, creating most of their dazzling costumes.

Fourteen couples aged six to 11 will have taken part in Baby Ballroom over two Saturday night shows to compete for the title of Baby Ballroom Champion. The panel of judges, which includes Bonnie Langford and XFactor runner-up Raymond Quinn, score each dance and the audience can cast their vote in a phone-in to decide which couples go through to the final.

Baby Ballroom is on ITV1 tonight at 6.40pm.