AT the tap of her feet, young Madre Paice has danced her way to success.
The eight-year-old clinched first place at the finals of a national Pontins talent show, at Southport Holiday Park, after she wowed judges with a three-minute tap dance routine to Glenn Miller’s 1930’s hit tune In The Mood.
The Castle Primary School pupil, from Wordsworth Avenue, Paulsgrove, battled it out against 60 other youngsters for the chance to win £500 in cash, a certificate and a trophy.
The panel of judges comprised performers from the West End and former X Factor contestant Rachel Adedeji, who reached the boot camp stage of the television contest in 2008.
Madre made the finals after she passed the heat stages whilst on holiday with her grandparents at Pontin’s Camber Sands Holiday Park, in Kent, this summer.
Proud mum Lindsay Cambridge, 39, said she was going to invest Madre’s prize money into her future career as a dancer.
‘I’m incredibly proud of her,’ she said.
‘The whole experience was completely surreal.
‘The finals of the show were so professional – it was like something you see on television.
‘Madre loved seeing Rachel Adedeji, she felt like she was actually on the set of X Factor.
‘She’s been dancing since the age of three, and she absolutely loves it.
‘She’s improving as a performer all the time and this success is recognition for all the hard work she has put in. As a parent it means a lot to me.
‘The whole family are behind her.
‘The judges were really impressed with her dance routine because it was completely different to what everyone else did,’ she added.
‘Whilst a lot of the kids sang and did hip-hop routines, Madre did something more traditional that stood out.’
Madre also performs for Timestep School of Dance, which is based at Portchester Community Centre, in Westlands Grove, Portchester.