Shepparton dance student Sam Brown has returned from the National Dancesport Championships in Canberra with seven awards.ESTELLE GRIEPINK July 7, 2014 3:53am
Shepparton dance student Sam Brown has not let his age stop him from achieving national success.
The Goulburn Valley Grammar School student, 11, has been dancing for four years and since then, he has not stopped.
Last weekend, Sam and his partner, Bendigo’s Berkely Wood, 10, competed at the National Dancesport Championships in Canberra.
They danced in the under-13 division and took out seven awards, including two first places.
Their impressive results placed them in the top three under-13 couples in Australia for ballroom and new vogue and in the top five for juvenile Latin.
‘‘I love dancing because it’s social and you can win trophies and medals,’’ Sam said.
‘‘My favourite style is Latin because it’s fun and quicker.’’
Latin coach Jeremy Garner said he had been blown away by his student’s talent.
‘‘Out of all the kids I’ve coached, Sam has the most potential,’’ Mr Garner said.
‘‘He’s like a human sponge — everything you throw at him, even hard stuff, he can manage it.’’
Sam’s mother Louise Brown said she never expected to be a ‘‘dance mum’’, but was proud to have two sons involved in the sport.
‘‘His big brother Rodney was involved first and Sam said ‘no way am I going to do dance’, but then he gave it a go,’’ Mrs Brown said.
‘‘People say they can’t believe someone his age can move like that.’’
Sam told The News he had big aspirations for his dancing career — he is already dreaming of competing on the world stage.
‘‘Hopefully Worlds are up next — I want to be a world champion,’’ he said.
‘‘Dancing is my number one — I’m always dancing.’’
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