TRIUMPH FOR YOUNG DANCER
Kseniya becomes take first junior to prize top Showcase
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.
Kseniya Henderson won Showcase’s League of Champions category.