Young street dancer defies the odds to come second in world championships (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Young Darlington street dancer defies the odds to come second in world championships
A PLUCKY young schoolgirl danced her way to victory at an international competition just an hour after suffering a suspected epileptic seizure.
Seven-year-old Erika Porter, from Darlington, was preparing for her solo performance at the United Dance Organisation (UDO) World Street Dance Championships, in Glasgow, when she suffered the seizure.
However, instead of taking time out to recover, the Harrowgate Hill Primary School pupil defied the odds and went on to dance, beating about 30 competitors to come second in the under eight category for both her solo and duo performances.
Her mother, Paula, said: “She blacked out and went all floppy. We took her outside where a group of women helped her before the medics arrived.
“She was out for about four to five minutes, but it felt longer. When she came round I said to her you don’t have to dance, but she said ‘no mum I am doing it.’”
The youngster, who celebrates her eighth birthday next week, said she was scared when it happened and felt dizzy after she came round. “I am proud of myself. I just wanted to dance and get some trophies,” she added.
As well as suffering from type one diabetes, Erika is now awaiting an MRI scan and is undergoing tests for epilepsy.
“We are really proud of her,” said Mrs Porter. “Dancing is her life – she lives for it. She is an example to other children to show them that these illnesses don’t have to stop them.
“She copes remarkably well, nothing fazes her at all. Sometimes she has her off days, but she takes it all in her stride.”
Erika has danced at Dimensions Dance Academy, in Darlington, for more than two years, but only took up street dancing about a year ago.
Dance academy owner, Gill Reed, said: “She is seven going on 17. She deals with everything so well.
“She has been with us from the start of the academy, and likes to dance with the big girls. She has a real talent for it.”
For more information on Dimensions Dance Academy visit dimensionsdance.co.uk or call 07709-522000.
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