A TEEN TikTok dance star from Gourock is about to step on to the world stage and make her dreams come true.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah James is one of the best lyrical and contemporary dancers in the UK having taken first place at every competition in the last year.

During lockdown her clips on the social media platform attracted tens of thousands of fans.

Now she is all set to compete against the very best as she leads a 10-strong talented team from Lucy's Dance Academy in Greenock who are going to the world championships in Ireland.

Dance Studio Scotland student Sarah, who has perfected her art with teacher and mentor Lucy Broadfoot, has also caught the eye of some of the country's best arts schools.

Delighted Lucy, who herself competed at the highest level, said: "I am so proud of Sarah.

"She is one of the best dancers I have ever worked with.

"She is incredible and works so hard.

"Sarah practices six days a week but she does extra outside of dance school to improve as well.

"I think she could go far."

Sarah has been dancing since she was a toddler, collecting a glittering array of trophies along the way.

At nine-years-old she featured in the Tele after securing a place at an elite Scottish Ballet training programme.

Since then she has gone from strength to strength, winning hundreds of competitions.

Sarah has now secured a place on the Royal Conservatoire Contemporary Dance programme and has the chance to audition for the Millennium Performing Arts College in London.

Later this month she will take on her rivals in the 'champion of champions' category in the World Lyrical Dance Federation championships in Dublin

The modest former Clydeview Academy pupil said: "I am really nervous but excited too.

"I am very shocked at how everything is turning out.

"I just love to dance, it is my passion.

"But it is all thanks to Lucy, she is my inspiration.

"I hope one day to be like her, and have my own dance school."

Lucy is taking a total of ten girls to the world championship, all with a chance of coming home winners.

Lucy, 34, told the Tele: "They are all brilliant and have worked so hard to get to where they are."