Pride in Mann: Bonnie and Tilly shine on dance floor

Bonnie Papper and Tilly Moffitt pick up their awards

Bonnie Papper and Tilly Moffitt pick up their awards

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Two talented youngsters have danced their way to the top.

Bonnie Papper and Tilly Moffitt, both 11, were named British juvenile Latin sequence dance champions at the prestigious Blackpool Junior Dance Festival after beating entrants from around the world.

The couple, who have been dancing together for 18 months, are the first all-girl couple from the island to have got a recall in the class.

They also made it through to the quarter finals in the old time competitions.

Bonnie and Tilly had only taken part for the experience, so exceeded everyone’s expectations by returning home with a cup.

For their achievement, they have been nominated in the Spirit of Youth/Schools category of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Pride in Mann Awards.

Earlier this month they were awarded the Sandra Fingerhut Shield in the island for juvenile jive and in March they won the Jane Hill Cup for modern dance (quick step).

Meanwhile in February, they won trophies in juvenile all girl tango and four dance Latin competitions.

Tilly, of Willaston, is a pupil of Willaston School while Bonnie is a Ballakermeen High School student.

Their dance teachers are Ellis and Frances Killey of the Killey Academy of Dance, in Onchan, who they thanked.

They also thanked Billy Kewley of Agrimark for his support.

Pride in Mann is an awards scheme from Isle of Man Newspapers and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which aims to recognise the unsung heroes in the Manx community.

Find out more at www.prideinmann.com

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