A Sidcup teenager has helped Team GB win gold at an international tap dancing competition.

Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Lundy took part in this year’s International Dance Organisations World Tap Championships, held in Riesa, Germany.

She won, as part of a group effort, in the Adult formation category, beating off competition from 19 other countries, including the USA, Canada and Australia.

This follows GB’s previous victories in the same category in 2013, 2014 and 2016. It is said to be one of the event’s most highly skilled and toughest categories.

Elizabeth also performed an individual dance routine where she secured sixth place.

Her mum Jane, who watched her daughter compete in Germany, said she was ‘ecstatic’ about the the win and described it as an ‘early Christmas present’ for the family.

Jane said: “The competition was tough, but the team all performed brilliantly. The routine had real emotion too being based on Romeo and Juliet and the sense of euphoria in the audience when the Adult formation won was amazing.”

The GB team’s Dance Troupe, Tap attack, also snapped up seven other world titles as they returned to the competition for their tenth year. The dance team, which includes 51 UK wide dancers all aged between 10 to 20, attracts the most talented tap dancers through a selective audition process. They first have to audition for the company’s training programs and then for selection to the team.

All junior and adult dancers had to battle through multiple rounds before showing off their skills in a final round to be placed.

It was an anxious wait for the adult teams, who watched all of their junior team mates reach the finals before they too also secured the same success.

Jo Scanlan, the head of GB’s tap team, Tap attack, said: “Each year, the standard gets better and the teams get stronger. To achieve the exceptional results we did was truly an honour.”

Elizabeth, a sixth former at Chislehurst School for Girls, has plans to turn her dancing success into a professional career. She has applied to several dance colleges for entry next September