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Young Norwich dancers' joy at doing the Italian job

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 April 2011

Luke Miller from Norwich -  European Latin and ballroom dance champion.; photo by Adrian Judd

Luke Miller from Norwich - European Latin and ballroom dance champion.; photo by Adrian Judd

Archant Norfolk 2011

He might be just 14 but Luke Miller and his young dance partner have proved they have the world - or Europe at least - at their feet after winning the European championships in ballroom and Latin dancing.

Luke and Hanna Cresswell, 13, have just returned home from Italy after beating the best young dancers in Europe at the under-16s competition held in Milan.

It completes a terrific treble of trophies for the young couple after they were crowned British champions in Blackpool in November and world champions in Paris in December.

Luke, the son of the city’s Miller Dance School principals Richard and Lynn Miller, and who has been dancing since he was two, said he was delighted but surprised to have completed the Italian job.

He said: “I was really surprised to be honest. All the other people were older than us – they were 15, almost 16 so we were really surprised and pleased.

“We did ballroom on the first day and Latin on the other. We knew we had won ballroom on the first day and we were lucky enough to win both. It was really tough. We know most of the couples now as we get used to seeing them in different competitions.”

Luke, who lives with his parents in Costessey, said it was not only the competition of around 40 to 50 other dancers which was tough, but the weather too.

He said: “It was hot compared to over here. It’s difficult and you have to get used to it but it was fun and I really enjoyed it.”

The teenagers, who have been dancing together for about four years, will be on the trophy trail again in a couple of weeks when they head to Blackpool for the British Open at the seaside resort’s famous Winter Gardens.

Luke, who has been helped with a grant from Norfolk Sports and Culture Association, hopes there will be reason for a double celebration as he also turns 15 in two weeks’ time. He said: “We don’t know what’s going to happen but it would be brilliant to win that.”

The son of two dance teachers, it was perhaps inevitable that Luke would follow in his parents’ footsteps.

The youngster, who is home educated and spends one day a week at Easton College, is enjoying every minute of his time dancing and has his sights set on becoming a professional dancer one day like those made famous by the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

To find out more information about Miller Dance School, Ropemakers Row, off Drayton Road, Norwich, call 01603 488249.

Have your talents brought you acclaim? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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