BIG TALENT: Nine-year-old performer Khadijah Warren has won numberous state and national ballroom dancing titles.
BIG TALENT: Nine-year-old performer Khadijah Warren has won numberous state and national ballroom dancing titles. Sarah Harvey

Tiny ballroom dancer dominates the floor

KHADIJAH Warren has the glittering look and talent to make it big in ballroom dancing.

At only eight, she took out ballroom dancing titles against competitors twice her age.

The Raceview youngster, who recently turned nine, showed her winning ways in a short time by being named Australasian Champion 2012 in five categories, Queensland Open Champion 2012 and Pro-Amateur 2012.

"She shows a promising future and has a very long and successful career ahead of her," Khadijah's mum Kelly Badgett said.

"Khadijah won all competitions in Queensland this year and is looking one day for a dance partner who shows the same dedication as she does.

"At present she dances 'individuals' and competes on the floor by wearing her own back number while being partnered by young adults in the studio."

Khadijah started with the Queensland Academy of Ballroom Dancing at the age of four.

"Her grandmother Elizabeth believed that ballroom would be the best dance career for her," Ms Badgett said.

"She has learnt more than just ballroom dancing, studying modern, Latin and new vogue.

"Along with this, she has fabulous social skills, etiquette and presentation. She has learnt how to conduct herself with students of her age group as well as older students."

Khadijah's dance coach Lin Zimmermann says many of her students have been Australasian and national champions.

"Champions are made from hard work and persistence. Khadijah and her parents have got so much dedication," Mrs Zimmerman said

The young champion thanks her nan for giving her a chance to dance and her mum for making her beautiful dresses.

She is trying to perfect her technique and footwork for medal exams in December.



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