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Otto’s got the world in his sights

Just Regional
Feb 27, 2023 2 mins read

A young dancer from Holt can’t keep his feet still at the best of times, but right now he can’t stop dancing as he has been selected to represent England in the Dance World Cup.

Otto Harvey-Ulph was chosen from thousands of youngsters to go to the event in Portugal in the summer.

And the eight-year-old can’t wait to get there.

“I still can’t believe I’m going to the Dance World Cup… I’m excited and a bit nervous,” he said. “I need to practise lots now and get my routines really, really good.”

Otto has not been dancing long, having started when he was six-and-a-half at Parallel Dance Studios. But in that time he has shown a real talent.

“He’s always dancing,” said mum Vicki Harvey. “He’s a force! He dances round Tesco and he has gone through four pairs of school trousers doing the splits.

“It’s wonderful for him to have this opportunity.”

Otto, who goes to Gresham’s Prep School, where Vicki is a teacher, also takes dance classes with Tom Withington at TWPerforming Arts in Sheringham and online lessons with Sander Blommaert.

“He really wants to get into the Royal Ballet,” said Vicki. “He was told he could be world class and he’s got to follow that. You really want your child to find their thing and he’s so happy.”

He sent in his application to be considered for selection for the World Cup squad at the last minute, with two solos – one in the lyrical category and one in jazz.

“They said ‘Yes, we want him to dance for England’, so we started from there,” said Vicki.

The event runs from June 29 until July 8 and the family are hoping to get sponsorship to help with the cost of competing.

The whole family, including his five siblings, will be going to cheer him on when he represents his country in front of 20,000 people.

Anyone wanting to help can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ottodancer

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