Oct 12 2011 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
A TALENTED Whinhall teenager has danced her way to a television appearance and won a family holiday in Los Angeles.
Chantel Brown beat off thousands of youngsters from all over Britain to be crowned winner of the Disney Channel’s online contest Shake It Up: Dance Dance.
The 13-year-old, a member of the MA Dance Crew, was first selected as one of the 10 finalists.
Her routine then received thousands of viewer votes in the most popular video contest ever run by the UK channel.
Now her performance will feature on the network during a special weekend next month ahead of the launch of the second series of popular show Shake It Up.
The St Margaret’s High pupil also won the once-in-a-lifetime holiday, an Xbox, Kinect and games – and a personal dance masterclass in London with last year’s Got To Dance champion Akai Osei.
Proud mum Denise filmed Chantel’s winning routine to allow her to upload her entry to the competition after seeing it advertised on television this summer.
She said: “Chantel performed one of the dances she’s learned at MA Dance Crew and it was on the website for around eight weeks.
“After we received an email to say she’d been chosen as a finalist, we were busy drumming up support at dancing and through Facebook.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the phonecall last week to say she’d won. She was ecstatic when I told her and still is!
“She’s won lots of individual, duo and team competitions and the house is full of trophies. She wants to go on to be a dancer and to teach, and we’re all very proud of her.”
Chantel added: “I can’t believe that thousands of people voted me as their winner. Having my performance on television will be a dream come true.”
Chantel has attended MA Dance Crew, based at the Time Capsule, since she was four years old and has won a number of prestigious street dance titles. Dance teacher Michelle Allan, who runs the local school, said: “I’m so proud of Chantel. To win a competition of this magnitude is an amazing achievement.”
Chantel will be accompanied on next year’s holiday to Disneyland by her proud parents and five-year-old sister Lynette.