A WIRRAL dance school was crowned the winner of the Liverpool Unites In Dance 2012 competition.
Expressions Dance House, based in Argyle Street, Birkenhead, roared their way to success with an African-themed act which saw children dress up in leopard-print costumes.
Owner Sharon Hodgin, who has run the school for 20 years, said they were “over the moon” to pick up the top title.
She said: “We were made up. It was our third year. Last year we came third and the first year we entered we came second, so we were delighted to win.
“There were 18 children aged five to 18 in the performance and they did brilliantly. They really pulled it off on the night. ”
Liverpool Unites In Dance 2012 is an annual event which raises money for the charity run by the News’ sister paper the Liverpool Echo.
The campaign is currently working towards a £500,000 fundraising target for Alder Hey hospital. With the help of readers, our sister paper is trying to raise money to build play areas in the new children’s health park which is due to be completed in 2014.
The night raised thousands of pounds and saw 24 dance acts from across Merseyside battle it out for first place.
The show at the BT Convention Centre on Sunday night treated judges to a variety of dance styles from ballet to rock ‘n’ roll to hip hop and contemporary. Expressions danced freestyle disco.
Liverpool dance stars Tayluer Amos and Elliott Hanna, fresh from winning a major contest in Las Vegas, opened the show with a special guest performance.
The runners-up were Anamal Dance Company and Funky Feet.
Alastair Machray, editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror Merseyside, which owns the News, said: “We read a lot about all the bad things which sometimes gets associated with young people – the gangs, the drugs, the crime – but it gives us a real thrill on days like today, days which see fantastic young people doing fantastic things and making Merseyside a better place to live.”