Five teenagers from Gravesend will be competing in this year’s UDO World Street Dance Championships.
The five, aged between 16 and 18 years all competed in the under 18s category at last week’s regional competition.
Emmanuel Adebawale aged 16 years came 1st in the Under 18s Beginners Category,
Hope Farquhar aged 17 years, Duro Sajowa aged 16 years and Tobi Fasuyi aged 16 years all placed in the top five in their respective categories.
All five will be competing in August in Blackpool after going up against hundreds of other hopefuls at the event held in Gillingham last weekend.
Stacey Manley, youth worker who accompanied the group to the competition said, “The young people didn’t know what music they’d have to dance to until they were on stage. They had to free-style and each person had to dance three times. Despite their nerves they did brilliantly, none of the group had ever competed before and were supporting each other throughout the event.”
The young dancers have been learning street dance moves from choreographer and dancer Dan Burns at weekly classes held each Thursday for Gifted Young Generation at The Grand Healthy Living Centre in Gravesend town centre. The classes are free to attend.
Jackie Coupar, Youth Work Manager said, “The dedication of these young people has really paid off! To have the confidence to perform at a regional competition alone is brilliant, and now to see five of the group go on to the World Championships is remarkable.
“We can’t wait to go to Blackpool, the competition will be high, but it will be inspiring for these young people to see so many dancers perform from across the globe. Our motto for GYG is ‘create positive memories’, we hope this event does just that.”
The United Dance Organisation’s World Street Dance Championships attracts thousands of dancers from across the globe, providing an opportunity to perform, win trophies and prizes.
Two more teenagers took part in the regional heat, Courtney Gwashavanhu aged 16 years came 7th in the Intermediate Category and Ellen Bennett aged 16 years competed in the Under 16s Beginners Category.