Success for young dance stars

Young dancers from Hastings and Bexhill made a great impression in when they took part in their first big competition.

Monday, 2nd November 2015, 2:00 pm
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The Dyamond Dance Street Crew took part in a Street Dance Competition in Portsmouth on October 18.

The Street Crew are a team of 19 dancers, who’s range in age from 18 to as young as seven years old.

The Dyamond Crew have only two dancers of the age of 18 years but due to United Dance Organisation rules the team had to compete in the tougher 18+ category.

This did not stop them from coming fifth in the competition and also but also qualified to compete in the United Dance Organisation World Championships in Glasgow next year.

Anna Barry said: “This really is a huge achievement for the team of young dancers.

“The World Championship is an annual event for the hottest street dance crews in the world.

“They will be up against 30 other countries including the UK, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Canada and the USA.”

The Dyamond crew followed up their success in Portsmouth by taking part in the British Dance Organisation Championships, held in Maidstone, and winning first place in the 16+ over category. All very proud winners.

Two older Dyamond dancers won second and third place in the 16+ freestyle category.

Chloella Gunn is the Crew’s teacher and choreographer and says she is extremely proud of their achievements so far.

Anna said: “All the hard work and months of practice has finally paid off for this dedicated team.

“As you can imagine the next year is going to be lots of practice, dedication and hard work.

“All this is going to come with a lot of expense, so the Dyamond Centre will be organising many fund raising events through out the coming year. And anyone willing to help or maybe sponsor the team would be much appreciated.”

The Dyamond Dance Street Crew are from the Dyamond Dance Stage Academy, which is based in Wickham Avenue, in Bexhill. The academy offers a wide variety of dance courses. It started with an urban and commercial only theme, one of the first of its time and taking on more traditional dance styles such as ballet, tap and jazz and giving them a modern twist.

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