A TEENAGER tapped his way to success in an international dancing contest.
Charlie Mockett, 16, of Acorn Close, St Leonards, won two gold medals at the 2013 International Dance Organisation World Tap Championships.
The full-time performing arts student was one of 38 dancers from all over the country who formed part of the England Tap Team, which competed at the 17th Championships held in Riesa, Germany from December 3 to 7.
Charlie came away with the title of World Champion, in the Adult Formation category and Adult small group category.
Jo Scanlan, England head coach, said: “Charlie has worked extremely hard to firstly be selected for this year’s England Team, and then showed great determination, and sacrifice to be crowned World Champion. There are around 2,000 tap dancers from nearly 20 countries and Charlie should be very proud of his achievement.”
Charlie auditioned in April 2011 to be part of the Tap Attack Company and this is the third time he has successfully auditioned to be part of the England Tap Team.
In March he was awarded a scholarship to Wilkes Academy in Swindon, Wiltshire, whose patrons include Robbie Williams, Ant & Dec and Arlene Phillips, and started his course in September.
Also in March, he also won two trophies, including the Most Outstanding Dance’ at the Hastings Musical Festival, after improvising a tap solo on the day. In July, he competed at the Dance World Cup which took place in Brighton, where he won a silver medal for his tap solo. Charlie’s proud mum, Karin, said: “The highlight of the year for him was being crowned World Champion twice at the recent World Tap Dance Championships and both Charlie’s dad, Paul, his sister, Stephanie and myself were the proudest family in world, seeing him on the podium and singing along with the National Anthem.”