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K-eight-y “shocked” after medal haul at dance event

Rickinghall, Suffolk. Katie Edwards, 12, with her awards from the Bury Saint Edmunds Dance Festival ANL-140204-172751001

Rickinghall, Suffolk. Katie Edwards, 12, with her awards from the Bury Saint Edmunds Dance Festival ANL-140204-172751001

A young Botesdale dancer is celebrating after scooping eight gold medals at a recent dance event.

12-year-old Katie Edwards, of Botesdale, entered nine categories at the Bury St Edmunds Dance Festival at St James earlier in March.

But the youngster says she was “shocked” after winning in all nine categories she entered. With one section not awarding a medal for the winner, Katie returned to Botesdale with eight gold medals.

She was also awarded the Junior Ballet Award, and the Junior Aggregate Trophy, for the best overall junior.

Katie, who has been dancing since she was four, told the Diss Express: “I couldn’t believe it, I was so shocked. It was brilliant.”

Her success comes just weeks after dancing in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, performed at the Theatre Royal in Norwich at the beginning of March. She also picked up the Junior Award for the most outstanding junior from the shows, in which she performed as a Cygnet.

Katie’s mother, Sarah Cooley, added: “We are so proud of her.”

Katie’s next appearance on stage will be at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, on May 24 and 25, performing in Slightly Fat Features.

 

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