Street dancer leaping for joy


Jenai Mason-Smith came first in the under 14s United Dance Organisation’s British Street Dance competition.

The 12-year-old, from Holloway Road, Witney, also scooped second place in a duo dance with partner Megan Selby, 12, in the contest held in Somerset last weekend.

Jenai, a pupil at Henry Box School, Witney, said: “I am really happy. I love dancing and I want to dance when I’m older.”

Mum Marie Smith, 33, said: “We are very proud of her. She has been dancing since she was six, and has always loved it.”

The dancer was given a trophy and an iPod music player docking station as a prize.

Miss Smith added: “Jenai doesn’t like me to go with her to the competitions, so I waited at home. I thought she would do well, but she is really chuffed.”

In last year’s competition, Jenai was placed second in the under 12s category.

The young dancer trains with Unleashed – a street dance group made up of 19 girls from Cassington, led by teacher Nadia Pharaon, who runs Step 2 Dance Academy in Cassington village hall.

Jenai said: “We practised hard, but it was worth it.”

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