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Salsa group turns up the heat to win at worlds

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A CHILDREN'S salsa group brought back a total of ten trophies from the World Dance Championships in Hungary.

The self-funded group, called Salsa Naturally, represented England in the prestigious competition organised by the International Dance Federation.

Ten children, a mixture of seven girls and three boys, ranging from nine to 14 years old, won ten trophies throughout the competition, including five golds.

Ruth Ferguson, founder of Salsa Naturally, who meet at the Coulsdon Manor Hotel, said: "It was such a proud moment when they got their trophies and to see the excitement on their faces.

"I felt a sense of relief that all the hard work over the past year had paid off."

Sharon Morgan, mother of ten-year-old dancer Safiya, who won three of the five gold trophies, said: "There was really fierce competition and at one point I thought we'd leave with nothing so I was so pleased with how well they did. In particular, our newest dancer, Mohammed Eldin, who is 11, did extremely well, as he has only been dancing for five months.

"The way he spins my daughter it's as if he's been professionally dancing for years."

Safiya Morgan who attends Wattenden Primary School, in Kenley, has been dancing for four years

"I really enjoyed the competition," she said. "It was the best world championships because we came first in most of our dances."

The children took part in activities to raise £2,500 needed to fund their accommodation and kit for the contest, which was held from May 22 to 26. They included a sponsored walk of London Bridges.

Salsa group turns up the heat to win at worlds


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