TRI­UMPH FOR YOUNG DANCER

Kseniya be­comes take first ju­nior to prize top Show­case

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - – Jil­lian Mc­Kee

KSENIYA Hen­der­son has danced her way to the top of the coun­try, tak­ing out a win at the Show­case Aus­tralia Dance Com­pe­ti­tion.

The 11-year-old from Emerton took out the League of Cham­pi­ons cat­e­gory in the na­tion’s big­gest dance com­pe­ti­tion, mak­ing her the first ju­nior con­tes­tant to win the ti­tle.

Hav­ing grown up in a fam­ily of dancers, Kseniya could dance be­fore she could walk, her mother Larissa King said.

“Kseniya was on stage for the first time when she was 2½,” Mrs King said.

“She comes from a big fam­ily of dancers. She was danc­ing in my stom­ach be­fore she was born.”

Show­case, the big­gest dance com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try, is held over a week at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast each Jan­uary.

The Madang Av­enue Pub­lic School Year 6 stu­dent out­danced al­most 4000 com­peti­tors from across in the globe in a week-long dance ex­trav­a­ganza.

Mrs King said she couldn’t be­lieve it when she heard her daugh­ter had won.

“When she got to the top five I was so ner­vous, my legs were shak­ing and I was cry­ing the whole time,” she said.

“(Kseniya) couldn’t be­lieve it ei­ther – she nearly cried on stage.”

As well as tak­ing out the League of Cham­pi­ons ti­tle, Kseniya’s hip-hop and jazz groups also took out a na­tional ti­tle.

Pic­tures: DAVID SWIFT

Kseniya Hen­der­son won Show­case’s League of Cham­pi­ons cat­e­gory.

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