Young Norfolk dancers on television

A young ballroom dancer from Norwich is celebrating winning through to the finals of a television dance show.However, another two of Norfolk's up and coming dance stars face a tense wait to find out if they will win the public's vote to secure the last place in the finals of the ITV dance contest Baby Ballroom.

A young ballroom dancer from Norwich is celebrating winning through to the finals of a television dance show.

However, another two of Norfolk's up and coming dance stars face a tense wait to find out if they will win the public's vote to secure the last place in the finals of the ITV dance contest Baby Ballroom.

Last night viewers of the television show saw 11-year-old Luke Miller, from Norwich, and his dancer partner Charlotte Plant, 11, from Cannock, in Staffordshire, win a place in next Saturday's final.

Judges Pierre Dulaine, Bonnie Langford and Ray Quinn picked the three finalists from heat two to join another three in the finals.

The last place in the finals will be decided by the public vote, and Norfolk dancers Courtney O' Connor and Toby Lee will find out on Monday morning if they have won over the hearts of viewers after failing to make it through to the final this week.

Courtney, from St Catherine's Avenue, Catfield, and Toby, from School Road, in Ludham, started dancing the cha cha cha together five years ago when Courtney joined the Ludham Dance Centre run by Toby's mum, Jenny.

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In February the couple won a gold medal for 'beginner's ballroom' in the international competition, Irish Celtic Classic.

Courtney's mum Claire, a staff nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said: “We're just waiting to hear about the public vote and hopefully we will hear tomorrow morning.

“We all really enjoyed watching it last night and had a little party. To have got so far they have done really well and it's been a fantastic experience for them.”

Fans of the show will also have the chance to see Luke and Charlotte perform in the city on Tuesday.

Originally the pair planned to perform with the Miller Dance School as part of World Dance Day at Chapelfield Shopping Centre on Wednesday.

But after the lucky youngsters found out they had made it through to the finals of Baby Ballroom, the date of the Chapelfield show had to be changed and will now take place on Tuesday between 2pm-6pm.

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