A DANCER from Wokingham has won gold with her team at the World Tap Dance Championships held in Germany, battling it out through a tough competition.

Isabella Izquierdo who lives on Old Woosehill Lane, was part of the team representing Great Britain and also won a bronze medal for her own choreography with dance partner Kai Scanlan.

The 16-year-old impressed judges, ranking 9th in the world for her solo dance performance, duo and group dance.

Isabella said: "I’m over the moon to have won in the adult small group category. All of our hard work has paid off and I enjoyed sharing the stage with such incredible dancers from all around the world.

"I cannot put into words how amazing the feeling is to be on that podium!"

The student who attends Tring Park School of Performing Arts combining further educational studies practices her tap dancing at Swindon every weekend, showing her sheer dedication to her passion.

She added: "It is a big commitment and I practise as often as I can.

"I train down in Swindon every weekend running up to the competition and practise everyday at home in my spare bedroom which we converted into a tap studio."

Other medal successes were Adi;y Female soloist Lucy Jones who won silver, Kai Scanlan and Isabella Izquierdo who won bronze, children's trio Sing who won bronze and the Junior formation team who also won a bronze medal.

Jo Scanlan, team GB's head coach and Guinness World Record breaking tap dancer said: "This year the standard of the competition was at its highest we have even seen during the 10 years we have represented the country at this event. Every country just gets stronger each year.

"We knew this year was going to be a tough year, but our dancers fought their way through the rounds and achieved exceptional results."

The team have been very successful over the past few years and returning to the World Championships as the reigning champions bring extra pressure and intense competition”.

Isabella hopes to be a successful performer in the future.