Charlie, six, moving to street dance stardom

Charlie Ratcliffe picks up his first place trophy at the UDO championships
Charlie Ratcliffe picks up his first place trophy at the UDO championships
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A six-year-old Blackpool boy has been crowned a street dance world champion.

Charlie Ratcliffe took home the trophy at the UDO World Championships in Glasgow in the under-eight beginners category.

The young mover was just five years old when he qualified for the contest, going on to battle it out against dancers who were much older than him.

Charlie wasn’t the only success for FY Wingz dancers, with Jade Finlayson being named second place in the B-girl under 16s contest, and Reece Knight coming in sixth place in under 14 beginners, Ryan Fenton making seventh place in over 16 intermediate and seventh also with Lauren Jones for the over 16 intermediate duos.

Aishley Docherty, teacher at the The Oracle-based dance school, said: “We’ve all been rehearsing all summer.

“I’m so proud of them all. We have been going to the worlds for nine years but the standard this year was unbelievable.

“For any of them to get that far, especially those who placed in the finals, is fantastic.”

The 20-strong crew all showed they had a big heart, as well as dance skills, helping support one of their own to attend the weekend competition.

They teamed up to fundraise to allow Haiden Corcoran, who suffers from the rare genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, to attend the contest.

Haiden inherited the condition from his mother Julie. It means his joints are weakening, and makes each dance session an agonising experience.

“There was so much dedication from the children and their parents to make sure they could all go up,” Aishley added.

Charlie’s mum Kerry said the whole family was very proud of The Breck Community Primary School pupil’s achievement.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” he said. “Charlie has a few trophies and is the under-six British champion, so we hoped he could do well but had no expectations - just the fact we were there was enough.

“But he is a little star, I know I’m biased, but he loves to dance. When he was tiny he used to dance when music came on, so when he was four-and-a-half we took him to FY Wingz. Aishley and Sam are just brilliant and so motivating to the kids. Charlie thinks the world of them and looks up to the other boys there.

“He just keeps saying ‘I’m proud of myself’ and I say, ‘So you should be’.”