Leeds pensioner is a streetdance prizewinner

IN THE GROOVE: 62-year-old Margaret Firth learns the moves.
IN THE GROOVE: 62-year-old Margaret Firth learns the moves.
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Rockin’ granny Margaret Firth is more hip-hop than hip op – and she could probably show her young streetdancer friends a move or two.

The 62-year old pensioner from Kirkstall is the oldest member of DTMP, a Pudsey-based dance troupe that has just picked up six prizes at a national streetdance championship.

The retired hairdresser loves getting down with the kids, and says the activity keeps her young and fit.

And far from feeling awkward, the grandmother of four says she is “just one of the gang”!

“I mainly dance freestyle, disco and jive but I have danced streetdance as well,” Margaret said.

“I really enjoy it.

“It’s all very hectic and there’s lots of jumping and spinning around, but it’s absolutely brilliant.”

Margaret said the troupe’s recent success in the national event was “fantastic”, and has not ruled out competing herself in the future.

She added Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity - who have inspired a whole new generation of street dancers - were “fabulous”.

Margaret has been dancing for many years, and it runs in her family, as her son Matthew is a professional with West End credentials.

But speaking of being the most senior dancer in her ultra-modern troupe, which is run by former dance champion Donna Pickles, she said: “It’s hard work, and getting harder but I hate to miss a single session. It keeps me fit and it’s inspiring working with the young people - they do keep you young.

“There was a girl there last week and I was sure I recognised her. Then I realised her mum went to school with my son!

“The young people don’t really comment about my age.

“I’m hoping it’s not too obvious and I hope I don’t stand out! But they don’t look at me as an old lady - I’m just there and am one of the gang”!

Donna Pickles, Margaret’s dance teacher and owner of DTMP, is celebrating the troupe’s success in the recent national championships.

Her dancers picked up six placings.

Ms Pickles, 33 is a former national dance champion. Sessions are at St Joseph’s Church, Pudsey. Call 07881 876909 for more information.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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