Selfless teacher politely declines the teenager's offer to take half of her ...

When super-flexible Ellie Fergusson was crowned the first winner of The Greatest Dancer, she had another surprise move in store for her new fans.

The shy but elastic 14-year-old promptly offered to hand over half of her £50,000 prize money to her long-time dance teacher.

After last week's shock win on the BBC1 talent show, she announced: 'I want to give half of it to my dance teacher and I want to use it to help me get to dance school.'

Jenni Inglis (pictured with Ellie Fergusson) has politely declined half of the Ellie Fergusson's prize money after her win on The Greatest Dancer

Jenni Inglis (pictured with Ellie Fergusson) has politely declined half of the Ellie Fergusson's prize money after her win on The Greatest Dancer

The 14-year-old was awarded £50,000 after her win on the BBC1 talent show The Greatest Dancer

The 14-year-old was awarded £50,000 after her win on the BBC1 talent show The Greatest Dancer

But now her selfless teacher and choreographer Jenni Inglis has politely declined the offer.

She said: 'She did offer me half, which is just typical of Ellie, but there's no way. She won that money herself, and I've told her I won't take a penny. She'll use it to put herself through dance school.' 

She says it is reward enough to see her protegee having done so well, adding: 'It's something you never imagine. I mean, I go to dance contests all over, and you are so proud when they do well.

'But prime-time TV, and an audience like that? You just don't even think that it's possible.'

Miss Inglis, who first took Ellie on six years ago at The Edinburgh Dance Academy, was there every step of the way, not only travelling to London with her every week, but choreographing every move of those spectacular routines.

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