By Hugh Fort
September 9, 2013
[Reading, England] – A budding Billy Elliot from Earley has been named the best modern dancer of his age group in a national competition. Eight-year-old Emile Gooding beat thousands of other young dancers to come top in the Festival of Theatre Dance competition.
Emile, who goes to Earley St Peter’s School and is a member of The Lodge School of Theatre Dance in Earley, won a local round before he took part in the regional finals in Southampton, where he came first in the modern category and second in ballet.
He then went to the national finals at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, where he came fourth in ballet and first in modern dance.
Emile’s mum Sedge said: “When he got to go the West End for the Nationals we really thought this is amazing, just to be taking part. “Emile and I were a bit blown away so when his number was called out and we found he had won, I was shaking and speechless. I rang his dancing teacher Miss Sarah Jane and could hardly speak. It’s a buzz I will never forget.”