Here comes the disco queen

Stephanie Taylor'blackpool
Stephanie Taylor'blackpool

A BEARSDEN disco queen lit up the dance floor in Blackpool with her moves recently.

Stephanie Taylor (16) was crowned Slowdance Superstar 2011 in the youth section - a highly acclaimed title at the biggest annual competition of the Freestyle World Disco Kid, King & Queen contest, otherwise known as Disco Kid.

Youngsters compete in Freestyle work all year round to reach the finals of this prestigious, international competition which is held every year in the Tower Ballroom.

Training

There are qualifiers held all over the country throughout the year and Stephanie, a pupil at Bearsden Academy, qualified in Grangemouth in the summer and has been training for this event ever since.

The Baljaffray girl has been fortunate to make the finals during the last few years but has never been lucky enough to stand on the podium in the top three, so winning was a dream come true for her.

Stephanie said: “I can’t believe I actually won Disco Kid. It is every girl’s dream and it just doesn’t seem real. I can’t believe all the lovely texts and phone calls I have received from everyone who are just so happy for me.”

Her mum Jennifer, said: “Her Dad and I are just bursting with pride.

“All our friends and family know how much this means to her and have been so supportive.

“So many people, including her sponsor and other dance teachers and judges have said this has been a long time coming but the standard at this competition is so high every year we were always just happy for her to be in the final. Winning is the icing on the cake and we couldn’t be more happy for her.”

As well as round the clock training, Stephanie got a new image by her dance teacher and choreographer, Robert Hamilton, and was given the most spectacular costume from her costume designer and sponsor Paul Waite of Stoned Boutique in Bristol.