Young dancer puts her best foot forward

4th April 2022

A talented young dancer from Loughton is one step closer to having her dreams become reality, thanks to support that will help her to compete at a national level.

Ella Sofi Zarnadze, who is 10 years old, took up Latin and Ballroom dancing professionally just two years ago. Now, a donation of £1,000 from a fund managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation, means that Ella Sofi, along with her dance partner Alexander, will be able to increase their training and enter more competitions.

Ella Sofi’s dad, Beka Zarnadze, said: “We give as much support to Ella Sofi as we can, but the cost of travelling to competitions, specialist clothing, coaching and competition fees adds up really quickly.

“We are so grateful that ECF’s donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was inspired by Ella Sofi’s talent and potential and wants to help her achieve her dreams.”

In April 2022, Ella Sofi, and her partner Alexander, are representing Great Britain on the Juvenile Team at the Junior Dance Festival, taking place at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The talented duo has already come second overall in the UK International Championships, third in the British Nationals, and won the Stars of the Future Dance Championship. They are also top of the National League Table for juvenile dance competitors.

Perry Norton, Head of Development at ECF, said: “We are pleased to support Ella Sofi and wish her and Alexander good luck in their upcoming Juvenile Team Match in Blackpool, where they are representing Team GB for their category.

“The charitable funds we manage reflect the different wishes of our donors.  In this case, the donor likes to support individuals and voluntary organisations in West Essex. They also wish to remain anonymous.

“Working with us means they can achieve their charitable aims while maintaining their anonymity.”

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