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Matt, from Malmesbury, has got moves
Malmesbury teen Matt Meadon freestyled his way to success at a dance competition in Stroud last week as he impressed the judges with his stylish performance.
The 17-year-old, who performs with Christian Malford-based Jax Dance, started the day with a stomach virus – but he went on to take home the trophy for a senior solo performance.
Teacher Jackie ‘Jax’ Avery said she felt as if she could be watching the Britain’s Got Talent finals.
“Most dancers plan their solo routines and work on them for months – that wasn’t going to be Matt’s style,” she said.
“Just before performing, he told us, ‘I’m going to freestyle, just tell me when I need to stop’. This was completely new and even the DJ and staff running the event looked a bit worried and baffled, but he went on to blow the judges away and won the gold medal and first place trophy for the senior solo performance.”
The competition, Stepping Out, brings together different dance styles, including street, disco, contemporary, breakdance and burlesque.
“It was amazing – similar to seeing George Sampson for the first time on Britain’s Got Talent,” said Mrs Avery.
“Years of self-taught dance moves, experience from training at a dance school and determination came through to show unbelievable waves and tricks, awesome power moves and high energy that kept on going. The audience roared for him.”
The teenager admitted to being overwhelmed by the reaction, telling his teacher: “I finished and they kept on cheering.
“It was really loud and I didn’t know what to do.”
But the Wiltshire College student wasn’t the only member Jax Dance to be awarded highly in the competition.
Eloise Costain, 11, who attends the Sutton Benger School dance club, fended off a bout of nerves to take home a silver medal for her solo routine.
She returned again with new dancer Lottie McCorry, who attends the same dance club, to take home silver medals for their duet.
The all-male senior dance team Flex and Crew, led by Matt, also took silver medals for their performance.
Mrs Avery said: “I’m so proud of all of them – it was such an amazing day.”
The dancers will be taking part in a not-for-profit show on November 29 and 30 and December 1 this year at the Cove Theatre in Chippen-ham.
For more information or to book tickets, log on to www.jaxdance.co.uk, email email@example.com or call (07880) 744229.
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