Dance teams celebrate contest success
A LOCAL dance school is celebrating after four of their groups achieved success at a recent dance competition.
VDance Academy, based in Mangotsfield, was set up by dance teacher Vicky Moody 14 years ago. A professionally trained dancer, Vicky started off by running one class at Mangotsfield Methodist Church, which quickly grew from a handful of children to 23 classes with 11 teachers for children aged from three years old to adults in their 20s.
VDanceAcademy specialises in street dance and hip hop, but also offers jazz, musical theatre and lyrical dance classes too. Students mainly come from the Emersons Green, Lyde Green and Mangotsfield area, with some also travelling from Bradley Stoke, Thornbury, Fishponds and Yate.
In February, seven VDance Academy teams attended the United Dance Organisation (UDO) competition in Swindon, with the aim of getting into the top three for their category and going on to the World Championships in Blackpool in August.
The teams spend months training on a big routine for the competition, and on the day judges look at the dance formations that are included, as well as their overall performance, energy and professionalism.
In total four teams made it through to the World Championships: Street Petite (eight – 11 year olds), Dance Addix (12 – 14 years olds from intermediate to advanced level), Zest (15 – 17 year olds) and Dynamites (16 – 22 year olds).
Vicky said: “Quite often we get anxious, shy children come to the school, and parents bring them to help their confidence. I have seen children come in shaking, with their arms folded, to becoming the most amazing performers. You would not believe that it’s the same child, but it brings something out in them – I always cry when watching their performances!
“Every one that takes to the floor during the UDO competition is outstanding, so I was absolutely chuffed to bits that four of our teams got through. The next step will be for each group to go on a massive fundraising mission in order to take the teams to the World Championships, as it costs £500 per person for transport and accommodation for the four day event. Last year Dance Addix held a massive afternoon tea which raised just under £3,000, and this year we also have plans for lots of bag packing sessions and cake sales.
“It is hard work, but the kids know in order for us to go that’s what’s required, and they enjoy it so much.”
Many of Vicky’s previous students have gone on to study dance at SGS dance college, and Max Ilett was also offered a place at the prestigious Urdang Academy in London.
VDance Academy classes take place at Mangotsfield Secondary School and Pomphrey Hill Sports Pavilion from Monday to Saturday, and cost £5 pay as you go. To find out more, visit www.vdanceacademy.com