Tiny dancer Kadelle ranked among nation's best
AN 8-YEAR-OLD Palmwoods girl has been named one of Australia's best dancers after cleaning up at a national competition in Sydney.
Kadelle Smith was awarded the title of Petite National Solo Champion and a prize pool totalling over $5000, including cash and a trip to the USA to compete in the international grand final of the prestigious Dance Life Unite competition.
She's also getting a solid taste of fame with more than 33,000 people following her on Instagram.
Just getting to the final was a big achievement - only four young dancers in total made the cut.
"There was such an amazing field of dancers, I was just excited to have made the top four!" Kadelle said.
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"I have worked really hard, I loved my routine and I danced from my heart like I always do, so it is very special to me that judges I really respect thought I was the best on the night."
Kadelle's mother, Mrs Miranda Smith, said her dedicated daughter remained humble following a year of incredible success.
"Kadelle has natural talent and a great dancers physique, but it is her passion and determination that sets her apart and makes me most proud," Mrs Smith said.
"Kadelle is well known for her grace, supportive nature and encouragement of her peers within the industry, which is a massive achievement in itself I think."
Kadelle said she hoped to one day dance professionally with a ballet company in New York.