IPSWICH dancer Tara Lowe may yet have an international career in front of her, after impressing the judges at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles last week.
The 19-year-old Brassall girl claimed a gold medal in tap and Broadway vocals, silver in musical theatre dance and song and dance and a bronze in comical acting for the 18 to 24 age group.
Ms Lowe was also awarded a three-month scholarship at LA dance school Millennium Dance Complex on the back of her performances.
Her delivery impressed 11 talent scouts as well as the panel of judges.
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All this came after Ms Lowe put together a YouTube video of her performances as an audition.
She left for her first international performance last month and was to return home today.
All her success came as a surprise to Ms Lowe, who has been dancing since as a two-year-old under the watchful eye of her family.
Showing her worth in front of a panel of 12 judges was a daunting step - and she excelled.
"Performing on a world stage was really exciting. Competing against people from all over the world was such an incredible experience and I have made so many friends," she said.
"I would say the most nerve-racking part of the performance was performing in front of the judges.
"They were lined up in front of the stage and it felt like the line just went on forever.
"There were so many bright lights you could barely see into the audience, but you could always see the judges."
Ms Lowe said the attention from the talent scouts and the Millennium Dance Complex was unexpected and exciting.
"I am so pleased with the success I had overseas, a lot of it came as a huge surprise."
The week before the competition all entrants took part in performing arts workshops.
The competition, known as the Olympic Games of the performing arts, welcomes entrants from across the globe.
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