Street dance crew are jumping for joy
WHEN street dance crew Dance Addix entered recent world championships, they didn't expect to get beyond the first heats.
But the youngsters are now jumping for joy after securing an impressive fourth place.
The dancers, aged 12-14 and all members of vDance based at Emersons Green and Mangotsfield, flew to Glasgow for the United Dance Organisation World Street Dance Championships.
vDance director and proprietor Vicky Moody said: "Dance Addix competed against the highest calibre of street dance competition groups from all over the world and were thrilled just to qualify for the worlds.
"When they saw the levels of dance skills they were up against, they didn’t expect to get beyond the first heats. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect to get awarded a fourth place."
Choreographers Aaron Hatherall, Lewis Boomerlew Norman and Tesleem Adeyemi had been relentless in ensuring the group was well-prepared to do their very best, helping them hone their skills in multiple styles such as krumping, popping, locking and break dance.
"Dance Addix's routine was unusual, highly imaginative and required a high degree of skill and split-second timing," said Vicky.
"The team has worked together tirelessly to make this happen. I am incredibly proud to have them represent our dance school and fly the British flag at the world championships."
Vicky, who lives in Emersons Green, said it took a lot of dedication from both the dancers and their parents to ensure they even got to the championships.
"The costs associated with getting 14 children plus accompanying parents to such an event are not inconsiderable and, in addition to their gruelling practice sessions, the children themselves got involved with many different fundraising activities to pay their way including supermarket bag packing, tombolas at local events, cake baking, and a hugely successful afternoon cream tea event held at the Hilton hotel in Bristol, which raised £2,800 alone.
"I’ve been absolutely blown away by the efforts and lengths our 'Dance Mums' have gone to in making it possible for their children to realise their dreams of competing in a world championship event."