AS SOON as teenager Demani Romasz took her first ballroom dancing class she knew it was perfect for her.
Now the dedicated dance pupil, along with her Ukrainian partner Alexandr Vykhovanets, has been crowned second-best on the planet at the World Ballroom Dancing Championships in Paris.
Demani, who is in Year 11 at Wykeham House School in Fareham, said: ‘My mum really wanted me to carry on ballet but once I had taken my first ballroom lesson I loved it. Ever since then I can’t stop dancing. It’s infectious.’
The 15-year-old started ballroom dancing four years ago when she took a lesson with a friend at Victory School of Dance in Portchester.
Before that she had been top in ballet, modern and tap and had secured a place at The Royal Ballet School in London, which she turned down to pursue her ballroom dream.
After competing all over the world, Demani met 17-year-old Alexandr at a competition and when he came to Blackpool two years later, the pair danced together for the first time.
Four months ago Alexandr, who is currently visiting family in the Ukraine, moved to Demani’s family home in Grayshott and the pair train every day.
Last month, the duo were runners-up in the under-21s category of the Open World Championships in Disneyland Paris, making them the second best in the world.
Demani said they now hope to take the top spot at the next championships in Blackpool in May.
But despite her whirlwind dance career, humble Demani is thankful for support from her family, friends and school.
She said: ‘It is crazy, all the amount of time that my mum and dad have put in, and my grandparents as well, coming along to support me. Every time I go on the dance floor, it is for my partner and my family. It is my chance to show them.’
Grandmother Glenis Green, of Alverstoke, said she was ‘incredibly proud’ to see her granddaughter perform so well.
Mrs Green, 66, said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon for her, It is quite a feat as she dances out of her age category. I’m extremely proud.’
Lynne Clarke, headteacher at Wykeham House, said: ‘We are thrilled. To have somebody who is second in the world when she is only 15 is amazing.
‘She is so dedicated to practising and rehearsing, when you see her schedule it just shows what you have to do to get the top level.
‘It is truly amazing what she manages to fit into her day. She is an inspiration.’