THERE is double delight for a talented Castle Bromwich dancer.
Not only will she be representing England at the dance world cup but she’ll also be leading the team out as an official mascot.
Amiyah Josephs will be leading Team England out at the 2017 Dance World Cup in Germany as one of two mascots in June.
The World Champion will also be taking part in the competition in not one but five categories including a solo act and as part of a troupe.
This will be the third time the ten-year-old has qualified to represent England – she has represented the country in Dance World Cups Romania in 2015 and Jersey in 2016, where she won seven gold medals and world titles, two silver medals and a bronze.
To qualify for a spot dancers have to be one of the top two or three dancers in the country in their age group.
The Dance World Cup is the largest dance competition in the world attracting 20,000 dancers from over 40 countries.
Amiyah will be performing an acrobatic dance in the 10 to 14 age group, where she will be one of the youngest competing.
She will also be performing as part of two acrobatic dance troupes and two song and dance troupes in the 10 to 14 age group category and up to 17 age group category.
Although the Spotlight Stage School pupil isn’t defending any titles, as she has moved into the next age group, she did get a guaranteed place for another member of her dance school, with her nine and under acrobatic solo win from last year.
She was also part of several of the other nine and under quartet and groups that earned a guaranteed place for this year.
Amiyah’s mum, Michelle, said: “Amiyah is over the moon with the news.
“Dancing is Amiyah’s passion and she lives to perform.
“The world cup is such an amazing event it isn’t just about the competition it’s a lovely atmosphere where dancers from all over the world come together to embrace what they love.
“For Amiyah to be chosen as mascot and lead her team out is her ‘dream come true.’
“She is so excited and is already counting down the days.
“As parents we are so very proud of all she has achieved at such a young age.
“The World cup holds so many memories that really will be cherished forever.”
There will be 65 other pupils from Castle Bromwich based Spotlight Stage School competing in Germany as well as Amiyah and this is set to cost a whopping £25,000 for entry and event fees, tracksuits and costumes.
So far the team have organised discos, a race night and quiz nights to help boost funds.
The team are also looking for sponsors from companies.
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