Dancing for an elite title

Rhiannon is competing for the title
Rhiannon is competing for the title

A local teenager will compete in the final of the UK Dance Elite Championships for the chance to win £5000 and a scholarship to Hollywood this weekend.

Rhiannon Moore (17), who has been dancing since she was two, is one of 22 finalists in the competition, which offers dancers of all disciplines and ages the chance to compete.

Rhiannon made it through to the final, which takes place at The Forum in London on Sunday, by showcasing her skills in an online application recorded in her back garden.

The teenager was delighted when her online audition was successful, and her mum, Fiona Moore, encouraged her to take the once in a lifetime opportunity.

Rhiannon said: “I love performing and showing everyone the love and passion I have for dancing.

“I would be over the moon if I won, just knowing that I’d done myself, my mum, my family and dance teachers proud.”

The competition is sponsored by charity Heart Research UK and Rhiannon can relate to its work after heart disease affected a close family member.

Her Grandad Moore suffered with the disease and died in 2010 while awaiting a triple bypass, making the competition even more important to her.

Rhiannon’s mum, Fiona, a nurse on the cardiology ward at the Victoria Hospital, said: “After working in a cardiology ward for 25 years, I really know how heart disease affects so many lives, including many close friends and family.

“I am so proud that Rhiannon is supporting Heart Research UK by doing what she loves most in life.”

Rhiannon will be bringing lots of styles to the table for the final, as well new and bigger self-taught tricks that she hasn’t performed before.

Since May, over 400 dancers have taken part in the competition that included: online auditions and talent spotting, followed by live regional auditions and heat.

The judges for the competition include Natalie Lowe from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’; Matt Flint, the winner of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’; Duplic8, winner of ‘Got to Dance’; and top choreographer Richard Marcel.