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By Emma Swain
The Maitland Mercury
January 7, 2013

Joe Dufty is off to the Showcase National Dance Championships 2013Joe Dufty is about to trip the light fantastic to show Australia what he’s made of.

The young Thornton hip hop soloist is using his school holidays to prepare for his performance at the Showcase National Dance Championships at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast later this month.

After scoring a staggering 94.9 out of 100 at the regional heats, Joe, 7, has finally hit the big time with his act Lil’ Joe.

“Last year was an amazing year for Joe because he did so well in every competition he went in,” Joe’s mum, Lendina Dufty, said. “In some events he was competing against dancers three times his age, but he held his own.”

Training at the Newcastle Dance Academy in classical ballet, jazz and hip hop, Joe’s dream is to one day entertain the world.

“Joe just loves to dance,” Mrs Dufty said.

“He trains in the garage with his teacher, goes to class, he just really loves everything about it and it makes him happy.”

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