Owen taps into England call-up

Pictures Martin Bostock'Owen Broughton who has been called up to the England Tap Dancing Team for the World Championships in Germany.
Pictures Martin Bostock'Owen Broughton who has been called up to the England Tap Dancing Team for the World Championships in Germany.
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A fleet-footed youngster who learns his trade at a Fylde dance school has been rewarded for his efforts with a national call-up.

Fifteen-year-old Owen Broughton will join up with the England squad for December’s World Tap Dancing Championships in Germany.

The talented mover, who trains at Clifton Academy in Clifton Drive South, St Annes, will compete in two age ranges against tap dancers from across the globe, including China, the United States of America and Russia.

Owen, who also trains every other Sunday in Reading, near London, said the call-up was something he’d worked his whole life towards: “I started tapping when I was about seven.

“It’s just making music with your feet. It looks good and it feels good.

“Being called up to represent your country is the pinnacle really.”

Owen’s call-up came after regular sessions in Reading, where he trains for around six hours and his work with The Associates, a tap group based in Manchester.

He has passed his Advanced One Exam in tap and is currently training to complete his Advanced Two Exam at the Clifton Academy.

The World Championships in the town of Riesa in Germany is a week-long competition, with Owen set to appear in both the junior and adult sections of the tournament.

He said it promises to be a tough week: “We fly out there and then the Monday and Tuesday will be an intensive few days of preparation before the tournament begins on the Wednesday – I’m looking forward to it already.”

As for aspirations after the competition, the tap-dancer said he hopes to travel the world as part of an international show: “I recently performed in the 42nd Street show when it came to town –I’d love to join an international musical or tap group and travel the world.”