A TEENAGE boy has battled to overcome his shyness to be named as a national dance champion for his “street” moves.
Tyler Pickles, 13, won the Nationwide Street Dance Finals performing as a couple alongside his dance partner, Amber Lawn, 14.
The pair, both from Pudsey, wowed judges at The Tower in Birmingham, beating hundreds of youngsters from around the UK.
Proud mum Donna Pickles, is a dance teacher who runs the DTMP School of Dance, where the pupils are star performers.
Donna said: “In real life Tyler is very shy, but once he starts dancing, his self confidence improves and he doesn’t have a care in the world.
“The transformation is amazing. Put him on a stage and he is a different kid.
“Tyler and Amber do work very hard and have practised for a full year, three times a week and after school non-stop.
“They have put in a lot of hours and are relentless in their bid to do well.”
The pair, who both attend Leeds West Academy, spend every spare minute practising their moves in freestyle street dance, which is taking the UK by storm with classes being offered in many schools.
Tyler also recently won the North East Championships, the qualifiers for the freestyle nationwide championships, with another dance partner Lauren Walters, 13, of Meanwood.
Donna, whose dance school rehearses at the Trinity Methodist Church at Bramley Town Street, added: “Tyler absolutely loves dancing, especially the freestyle and rock n’ roll.”
His little sister Kennedy, 10, is also following in his footsteps as she too has a love for dance, under their mum’s watchful eye.
Donna said that dance was a fun way of keeping fit and healthy for youngsters.
It is the second year in a row Tyler has won the Nationwide Pairs Championship for dancers aged 10 to 13.
They are now busy practising for future competitions and upping their game as they qualify for the older age group categories.