A young dancer from Beverley will step out at a world dancing competition in Austria later this year.
Chantal Green (19) has been selected by Dancesport England to represent her country in the prestigious WDSF World Amateur Latin Dance Championships in Vienna.
She and her dancing partner, Sicilian-born Andrea Borrelli, have only been dancing together since February this year, but already they have represented England twice, in Latin dancing championships in Barcelona and Hungary.
Chantal’s achievements are all the more remarkable because she did not start dancing until she was nearly 13.
Chantal grew up in Beverley, attending St John’s Primary School, Longcroft School and East Riding College, where she studied beauty therapy.
She took her first dancing steps with a local dance school in Hessle, after watching dancers on television.
Her mum, Mrs Joanna Green, said: “She saw it on TV and fancied trying it. I thought it would be a five minute wonder but she started off just going for an hour which became more hours and more days and she started competing. Eventually she decided she wanted to do it as a career.”
Chantal has benefited from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Talented Athlete Leisure Centre scheme, and the Talented Performer Grant Scheme.
She has danced all over Europe, including Poland, Moldova and Stuttgart in Germany, where she and Andrea finished in the top quarter of 450 contestants competing in the biggest competition in the world.
They currently train in Molinella in Italy, which is near Bologna, at the world-famous Team Diablo Dancesport Institute, alongside many of the best dancers in the world. They are coached by Gabriele Goffredo, who is currently ranked number one in the world on the WDSF Amateur Latin ranking system.
Mrs Green said that Chantal currently receives no grants or funding and would welcome sponsorship from local or national companies, as competing and training internationally is very costly.
Chantal is dyslexic and her mum said her family are extremely proud of her.
“She is very dyslexic but she has found something she can really excel at and she has overcome that,” she said.
“We are really proud of her - for someone who started dancing so late in the day, dancing with people who had been doing it since the age of three. She did not have any of those advantages but she has gone from strength to strength.”
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