Abbie dances her way into the area finals

Abbie Riley is through to the next stage of the TeenStar contest.
Abbie Riley is through to the next stage of the TeenStar contest.

A girl from Blyth is through to the regional finals of a national competition after showcasing her skills on stage.

Abbie Riley impressed at her audition for TeenStar – a singing and dance contest for teenagers and pre-teens – and she recently performed at the regional finals in the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle.

The eight-year-old, who goes to the Bad Apples Dance and Performance Academy in Blyth, wowed the judges with her energy and routine and she will now go on to the northern area finals in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, on May 27, with a new routine.

She will be competing against singers and dancers from the North of England for a place in the Grand Final in London, which will be televised on Sky TV.

Abbie created a track especially for the regional finals routine using a mix of songs that could show off the variety of dance styles she knows. These include hip hop, commercial and house.

Her parents, Andrew and Clare, said: “We’re both extremely proud of Abbie – she has put in a lot of hours to get the routine looking great, so we are happy the hard work has paid off.

“We’re also really grateful to Jasmine her tutor who gave up her own time to help out.”

To see a video of Abbie’s performance at the regional finals, click here.