From lighting up the dance floor to championing local charities, October is a big month for Norfolk schoolgirl Darcy Amiss
We meet a teenage world champion
NORWICH TEENAGER Darcy Amiss is no stranger to taking centre stage.
At 15, she is the world Latin Pro-Am under-16s champion, and this month she will find out if she has won the title of Miss Junior Teen Great Britain at a prestigious event in Blackpool.
Darcy, from Taverham, is keen to use her experience to change the perception of beauty pageants and is using her place in the final as a platform for charity fundraising and to gain experience and life skills which she hopes will help her achieve her ultimate ambition of winning a place at Oxford.
“Someone had posted something on Facebook about the competition and I thought I would enter I couldn’t believe it when I was selected as a semi-finalist in the Miss Junior Teen Norfolk category and was amazed when I was announced winner of the title.
“As part of the judging process we had to write about charity work we had been involved in locally. Then in preparation for the national final, we were all asked to raise money for the organisation’s nominated charity – which this year is Together for Short Lives.”
The charity supports thousands of children across the UK with life-shortening or life-threatening conditions, helping provide care and support to them and their families, and Darcy, a pupil at Norwich High School for Girls, says she has already raised over £1,300 for the cause.
“It has been really hard work but I have loved every minute of it and it really is a fantastic cause. I began thinking about what I could do to help locally. Before any of this happened, I always used to donate a lot to the Break charity shop, as you can imagine, being a girl and a dancer, I tend to have a lot of clothes and make-up, so I liked to hand them on and knew what a great charity Break was,” she says. “So I started doing some work to help support Break in other ways, helping out and volunteering at different events, and also began supporting the Priscilla Bacon Hospice, working in the local charity shop during the school holidays. “There are so many pageant stereotypes and people see toddlers in tiaras in the US and think that’s what it is all about here, but it couldn’t be more different. It gives you an opportunity to work with charities and to give you vital experiences which will hopefully help you in the future.” As well as her World Dance Council Latin world title, she has also won international titles for her ballroom dancing. This month she is firmly back in training with the Miller Dance Studio as she prepares to compete for a busy season of competitions with her partner Luke Miller. “I had always done ballet, tap and modern but when I reached 10, I knew those styles weren’t for me and didn’t really suit my personality, so I made the switch and absolutely loved Latin and ballroom.” Despite her successes in both dancing and modelling, she doesn’t wish to pursue either as a career. “My dream is to study theology at Oxford University. I love debating, looking at the moral and ethical issues associated with religion and although I don’t go to church, theology is such a fascinating subject as it impacts on so many areas of our lives and our history.”
Above: Darcy Amiss dancing her way to victory