Five young dancers from the Isle of Wight will fly the flag for England when they take part in an international competition this summer.

At the ages of just eight and nine, the girls will travel to the Global Dance Open Finals in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, in July.

After qualifying in an earlier competition, in Sevenoaks, Kent, Imogen Shephard, Diwata Vu, Aria Morgan, Lily Newnham and Auriella Adams, will go up against dancers from across the world, including from Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

The girls, who train with Newport's The Starlight Academy, will compete in ballet, jazz, street dance and acro sections.

Dance teacher, Mary Bowdery, said: “I am so proud and thrilled that these girls have been selected to form part of the England team!

Isle of Wight County Press: From left: Diwata Vu, Auriella Adams, Lily Newnham, Aria Morgan and Imogen Shephard.From left: Diwata Vu, Auriella Adams, Lily Newnham, Aria Morgan and Imogen Shephard. (Image: Starlight Academy)

"Their hard work, passion and dedication has shown through.

"They are a brilliant example to all other young Island dancers that nothing is impossible.

“We would also like to thank our ferry travel sponsors, Red Funnel, for their continued support.”

Here's how you can support the young dancers ahead of the competition

To support the dancers ahead of their trip to The Netherlands, you can buy tickets to their performance at Christ the King College, HERE.

You can also sponsor the girls HERE or find out more about sponsorship opportunities by emailing

Ahead of the competition, the girls are raising funds and sponsorship to cover the cost of their trip.

They are holding a cake sale, a ‘bring a buddy to dance’ event and their very own show at Christ the King College auditorium, in Newport. 

The performance is being held on May 16 at 6.30pm and costs £6 per person.

Tickets can be purchased from the link above.