SARAH Poulter is dancing with delight after being crowned the women’s World Open Novice Line Dance Champion.

Sarah travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, to take part in the event.

She was up against 26 other hopefuls and managed to impress the judges with her five different dances, cheered on by her parents and boyfriend.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had won,” said former Calthorpe Park School pupil Sarah, 21, of Brookly Gardens, Fleet. “I was ecstatic.”

“I really didn’t think I would win because the girl who beat me in the European championship was there, but she only got fourth.”

Sarah, a private nanny for three children in Hartley Wintney, started dancing five years ago.

“I went to an adult education class for a bit of fun and to keep fit,” she said.

“I became interested and found other classes to go to, which expanded my social life and made lots of new friends.”

Sarah started competing in January 2001 where she gained placings in a couple of dances.

She went to her first world championships in Holland and got third place overall.

Sarah then went on to gain a second place in the European championship.

Her first major title was winning the British and international championships at the London Dance Classic, held at the Spectrum in Guildford in August.

Sarah is trained by Sue Wilkinson, who runs Dance Energy classes in north-east Hampshire and Berkshire.

She is now looking for sponsorship, so she can continue to compete at the highest level.

Anyone who can help can contact her on 07734057042.

More information on line dancing is available on 01344 485097.