Talented youngsters from a local street dance school have taken to the streets of Hastings, putting a whole new spin on busking by demonstrating their skills to raise funds to enable them to enter an international competition in Germany.
The Hastings-based street dance school, This Time Around (TTA), was founded in 2010 and since then head coach Tom Roche says it has gone from strength to strength. He said: “Our dance school aims to provide opportunities for young people aged five to 16.
“We have taught street dance to more than 200 children at our studio and delivered workshops to many of the local primary schools.”
Last October the TTA kids entered ‘UDO’ - a national street dance competition in which both groups landed second place. This qualified them to represent Hastings and the UK in the European UDO Street Dance championships in Germany but they desperately need funding to help achieve their ambition. Tom said: “The TTA kids are currently in a position where they aren’t able to go and take part in these competitions due to the enormous expenses involved - flights, accommodation, wristbands etc - so, they have taken their dance skills to the streets to set up their own fundraising projects.”
The TTA kids can be seen busking in Hastings town centre (by the crossing at Havelock Road) on Saturdays, dancing on the bare concrete with just their boom box and buckets - their own make-shift Covent Garden. Other fundraising efforts include dressing up as Michael Jackson to do a sponsored Moonwalk and working with Asda, helping customers pack their bags in return for a few coins in the bucket. TTA is also hosting its own variety show ‘TTA and Friends’ at Ark Academy William Parker on Sunday, April 19 at 4pm, featuring local acts Dancing Divas, Sparks, South East Movement, Vocal Explosion, Hastings Kickboxing Academy, Dynasty Reign Cheerleaders, and J-I-V-E.
Tom said the youngsters are working hard to realise their dream. He said: “With these fundraising projects we’ve been given a golden opportunity to teach the kids what it means to really work for something they want – and it shows.”
TTA dancer, Harrison Weeks, 10, said the dancers are working just as hard on their fundraising as they are on their routines, adding: “I’m enjoying the whole thing.” And nine-year-old Lucy Streeter said: “We’re really excited, but nervous as this is the biggest dance competition I’ve done!”
The kids are also appealing to local businesses for donations and/or sponsorship.
For further information contact Tom on 07590 384112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.