'Greatest Dancer' winner Ellie Fergusson to give half £50,000 winnings to choreographer

Ben Arnold
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Contemporary dancer Ellie Fergusson (Credit: PA)
Contemporary dancer Ellie Fergusson (Credit: PA)

Ellie Fergusson, the 14-year-old who won The Greatest Dancer final on Saturday night, has said that she wants to give away half of her £50,000 winnings.

The dancer from Livingston, West Lothian, beat Welsh troupe KLA and Harry & Eleiyah to win the first series of the BBC dance contest.

She told The Daily Mail: “I want to give half of it to my dance teacher and I want to use it to help me get to dance school.

“Dancing is everything to me. It takes up most of my life which I love because when I’m there I feel free and I enjoy it so much.

“I love all my dancing friends and teachers, we are more like a family. Dancing is my future.”

(Credit: PA)
(Credit: PA)

Ellie was mentored by Strictly Come Dancing pro-dancer Oti Mabuse.

She said: “She has worked so hard and deserves to lift the trophy and I can’t wait to see her dance on Strictly. I’m so proud of her.

“She has changed from a shy 14-year-old to being a beautiful confident young dancer. I’m sure she has a huge career ahead of her.”

More than 4.5 million people tuned in to see Ellie lift the trophy.

“I’m speechless. It’s been the most amazing experience of my life and I couldn’t be more thankful for everyone’s support. I want to say thank you to my coach and to Oti,” she said.

The show has been confirmed for a second series, which will air next year.

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