Harriet dances her way to national title

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A local contemporary dancer is jumping for joy after being crowned Miss Dance of Great Britain.

Harriet Fisher beat off stiff competition to triumph in the grand final of the contes, which took place at the Winter Garden Theatre, Blackpool, in June.

The 18-year-old has been dancing for almost 10 years and is a pupil of Halifax based Strickland Cook Theatre School based in Berwick Mills .

Throughout the year 52 Miss Dance heats are held all over the country with hundreds of girls competing.

The winner of each heat, who are the top dancers in the country, then dance their solos for the coveted title in the grand final.

Harriet, who dances ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap, wowed the judges with her modern lyrical piece to win the national competition.

Zoe Cook, principal of Strickland Cook Theatre School, said: “All the final 52 girls are already winners to get to the finals in Blackpool in the first place so for Harriet to win the whole event is a huge achievement and we are so very proud of her.”

The weekend was made extra special as it was also Harriet’s 18th birthday the day before the competition and her whole dance school had gone to support her.

Harriet said: “Winning Miss Dance was the best 18th birthday present I could wish for.

“I have been training for this all year and have worked on my piece for a long time so I have worked very hard.

“I just couldn’t believe it when I won.

“It was a long day as you take part in the opening ceremony show, then a heat which is then whittled down to make a semi final then the final.

“It was so worth it. I can’t event put into words how I felt when I was told I had won.”

Harriet now hopes to teach dance and is currently training with Strickland Cook Theatre School.