Their Lockdown Story
Over the past year Oliver and Edith have remained focused on their dancing and their partnership, their determination to succeed has never disappeared. They have taken on new challenges and remained focused on their goals.
It has been super hard, and with a few disappointments along the way. Oliver and Edith had just found out that they were to represent Team GB in the Latin British Team Match. To represent their country at just 9 years old was their proudest moment and you have never seen two children more excited and so proud of their achievements. But it wasn't to be in 2020 as the pandemic took hold and all competitions cancelled. However, it has made them stronger and determined to work as hard as they can to achieve this again in the coming years. For two 10 year old children from the North East they have done everything they can to keep dreams alive, keep practicing and dreaming of being able to get back on the dance floor!
Back in April 2020 Edith took part in an Online Charity Dance Competition for the Mental Health charity, Young Minds. The Online competition was run by Oliver's Dance teacher parents Lee & Natasha Dudman, so Oliver’s role was to assist with the running of the competition online. He did a grand job, helping with categories and admin! Edith took part, and had a great time preparing her Students Choice Dance routine where she made her own cardboard cut-out of Oliver to dance with!
They have been lucky enough to take part in various online workshops with wonderful professionals who have guided and inspired them to keep believing and to do as best they can. They have learnt so much from these professionals and it really has been amazing to take a class with them. The workshops have been so inspirational to Oliver and Edith and they are so grateful for the opportunities.
Oliver and Edith have taken part in two Blackpool Online Festivals filmed by DSI TV. In the Autumn of 2020 they were crowned Champions of the Under 12 Boy/Girl Latin and the Latin Juvenile Open. It has been a really great experience competing with fellow competitors worldwide, although it's not the same as being in the wonderful Winter Gardens Ballroom it's the next best thing and they are so grateful for the experience given by Blackpool Education Consortium. It's also lots of fun watching our teachers run around with cameras following them!
In September 2020 Oliver and Edith were offered a Modelling Contract with Salt Model Management, this was their first time modelling and they thought they would try their hand at something new They absolutely loved the experience, and look forward to future projects.
They have also taken up Ballet over the past year, to help with their training, improve posture, elevation and technique. They are loving it, and love the new challenge. Oliver has also taken up Hip Hop classes at his parent’s studios and is loving the new style and embracing new challenges.
TikTok has also played a big part. Dancing various TikToks and editing them together has been fun and when allowed to be together, it has been the best fun creating new routines! Edith also took part in a TikTok choreography collaboration with Dancer Kateryna Klishyna and Oliver decided to give Ian Waite’s footloose Jive Choreography a go and upload it for Ian to see.
In addition to dancing, Edith has been taking MakeUp Classes online with Mial Beauty. This is one of the highlights of Edith's week, as she learns new skills and then practices all her different looks! This will certainly help Edith when she returns to Competitions and performances. Edith has also developed her art skills, spending her spare time learning new ways to draw and paint.
They can't wait to be allowed back to the studio after Lockdown 3, and are keeping fingers and toes crossed to be united with their dance friends and family back on the competition floor in 2021.
Oliver and Edith