Lancaster students dance their way to the top

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Two Lancaster University students have recently achieved first place in the British Modern Sequence Dance Championship.

This is not, however, the first achievement for the duo, which consists of psychology student Hannah Roberts and engineering student Phillip Rawcliffe. Just last year they danced their way to first place at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool Tower, in the Under 21 British Classical Sequence Dance Championships.

When speaking about her achievement, Hannah said that it was “an absolutely amazing feeling”, but that she also felt “relieved”.

She has been with her partner Phillip, since they were both just ten years old, so they have been “working towards this for a very long time” she explained. “We have been going home for lessons during our time at university, and practising together whenever possible.”

The amount of pressure involved in taking part in an event like this is suspected to be very high; however, Hannah said that the pressure she felt was mostly from herself and Phillip, “we wanted to dance our best and so we were very hard on ourselves to achieve that”, expressing that “now we just want to continue working hard and hopefully retain our title as British Modern Sequence champions next year”.

Ballroom Dancing Society President, Andrew Pickup, was more than happy to express his congratulations for the couple’s achievement: “We are, of course, delighted for Hannah and Phillip. As a society we are extremely fortunate to have both of them as part of our team”, going on to say how Hannah and Phillip “compete regularly on the National Sequence and Ballroom Dancing circuits, and have many titles to their name.”

Since their recent success, Hannah and Phillip have also achieved second place in the British Classical Sequence Championship.

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