Street dance starlet aims for global glory

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It’s fair to say Paisley Kerswell is not exactly your average eight-year-old girl.

A self-taught street dancer, she prefers to practice the art of body-popping than playing with her favourite doll.

Eight-year-old street dancer Paisley Kerswell with her trophy.

Eight-year-old street dancer Paisley Kerswell with her trophy.

Despite only taking up competitive street dancing less than a year ago, the talented Eccleston Mere Primary School pupil has already made the podium at the three-day World Street Dance Championships.

Her mum, Lisa, said: “The whole family is so proud of Paisley. Her two older sisters, in particular, are absolutely over the moon at what she’s achieved.

“It all started last October when she won a competition in Wigan and has snowballed from there. She always danced around the house but only started taking it seriously last year.

“She then went on to win the British Championships before finishing second in the World Championships in Glasgow.

“She was competing in the under 10s category there too, so she might be able to go back next year and go one better.”

Paisley, of Orith Avenue, Eccleston, who performs under the stage name Goldi-Lox, typically choreographs eye-catching solo performances, but has also danced in duos - including with dancers up to 10 years her senior.

The only pupil from her year group to perform at Eccleston Mere’s end of year talent show this summer, she now trains at a dance studio in Manchester called The Den.

Lisa, of Eccleston, added: “I know it’s quite unusual for an eight-year-old girl to be into body-popping, but this is what she wants to do - to be a dancer. She doesn’t want to do anything else.

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“I think what sets her apart, though, is that she’s very good at interpreting the music and has a good ear for what will work for her.”