Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now Imogen and Amelia Step into the TV Spotlight; Gold Medal-Winning Talented Twins Show They're Up for Strictly-Style Dance Challenge

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now Imogen and Amelia Step into the TV Spotlight; Gold Medal-Winning Talented Twins Show They're Up for Strictly-Style Dance Challenge

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior Reporter dave.robson@trinitymirror.com

TALENTED twins stepped up to the plate for their biggest dance challenge to date.

Imogen and Amelia Hall, 10, have already picked lots of medals during six years of Latin and ballroom dancing, and won a glittering array for their sporting talents too, as e Gazette has previously reported.

But when a TV crew got to hear about the Wynyard girls' talents, they gave them their biggest challenge yet - dancing in front of an invited audience at Blackpool's famous Tower Ballroom.

And as CBBC viewers will see today, not only did they have to learn to dance with male partners for the rst time, they even met stars from hit BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing.

e girls' exploits feature in My Life: It Takes Two. e 15-minute programme follows their progress to Blackpool and tells of their life with achondroplasia - a form of dwarsm which means, at 3ft tall, they are constantly adapting to the world around them.

But what they lack in stature, they make up for in talent, determination and personality.

|Dad Phil said the girls, who attend Teesside High School in Eaglescli'e and Mike and Sue Dibden's Dance School in Billingham, are looking forward to their 15 minutes of TV fame.

He said: " ey are very excited about it being on television and I think they're pleased with it."

Phil said the girls soon got used to dancing with their partners, Charlie Smith and Ethan Plummer. And he said meeting Strictly stars like Frankie Bridge, judge Len Goodman Direct advice, direct to you going, we may well be cheering them on in years to come.

www.curtislaw.co.uk Amelia and Imogen have Achondroplasia, the same restricted growth condition as Paralympian Ellie. And just like the Team GB hero, the Wynyard girls don't let it hold them back.

and the girls' favourite, Steve Backshall, was the icing on the cake.

PLAY FROM The St Paul's School, Billingham, pupils already have a large medal collection and have just added another 17 to the everexpanding stack.

PS2PS2 WINUP PS1000!The National Dwarf Games in Birmingham sees of people of all ages with restricted growth show off their sporting prowess.

"It was the biggest one they have done this year - there were 185 athletes at the games," said dad Phil. "It is a great event - really positive."

because I am good at it," she laughed.

"For the bike time trial, they ride bikes around a 400m track.

He said: "Dancing with partners took a bit of getting used to, but they throw themselves into everything. e lads, who were brilliant, are quite a AT GALA BINGO, MIDDLESBROUGH Gala Bingo Middlesbrough Longlands Tel: (01642) 249 555 " Ambitious Amelia and Imogen make sure they embrace every moment, trying their hand at everything. …

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