A TEENAGER who performed in Billy Elliot when she was just 10-years-old has beaten hundreds of dancers to secure a place in the UK’s biggest dancing convention.

Connie Fisher from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, has secured a place in the prestigious Can You Dance? Dance Star 2020 convention more than a decade after starting out.

The 15-year-old, who trains up to four times a week for two hours at a time, first started dancing when she was just three-years-old after becoming inspired by older sister, Evie.

Connie, who has already featured on Sky 1s Got to Dance and ITVs Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, spent more than a year performing as Debbie Wilkinson in Billy Elliot in London’s West End five years ago.

But after learning to balance her schoolwork with hours of training each week, Connie recently learned she had been successful in her goal to represent her hometown of Northallerton.

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She told The Northern Echo: “I’m really looking forward to being a Can You Dance? Dancestar again this year and working with the amazing choreographers.”

Later this year Connie will go before a raft of industry names including the creative director and choreographer responsible for shows including the NTAs, Strictly Come Dancing and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Last year, more than 500 dance schools from across the country took part in the convention with an estimated 27,000 people spectating across events.

Connie said: ‘I’m so lucky to have had all the opportunities I have. Dancing is hard work, I train at my dance school 3/4 times a week and compete all over the country at weekends.”

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Daniela Fisher, Connie’s mother, said: “She’s fifteen now, there comes a time where there is a lot of other things going on, but she’s managed it throughout and maintained her focus.

"She’s kept working hard, she keeps everything separate, eighteen months into secondary school, the teachers didn’t even know she had been in Billy Elliot.”

Ms Fisher said Connie hoped to audition for further performances in the future, while eventually moving into a dance school. Connie will take part in Can You Dance? events up and down the country before concluding with a performance in Liverpool in October.