Youngsters ‘wipe the floor’ at competition

Talented dancers from the Let's Dance Studio celebrate their competition success
Talented dancers from the Let's Dance Studio celebrate their competition success

FANCY footwork by Southwick youngsters impressed judges at a street dance competition.

The 19 talented dancers from the Let’s Dance Studio (LDT) took part in the Time to Shine festival last Sunday.

Principal Sarah Fry said: “They wiped the floor at the festival and street dance competition.

“Out of all 36 routines entered, they were placed in all categories.”

She said the young dancers, who meet at Impulse Leisure, in Old Barn Way, were ‘extremely talented’.

Along with teacher Charlotte Weaver, she congratulated them on their achievements and wished them luck for next year’s competitions.

Hannah Fry, 15, won dancer of the day, judged by professional dancer and performer Alice Rhodes.

Amy Moloney, 12, won more than one of her categories, while Maya Williams, eight, and Jessica Lewis, seven, came first out of 18 entries in total.

Sarah said she was proud of all the girls.

“Many other LDT soloists and duos also gained first, second and third places,” she added.

“All together at Time to Shine, we won 10 first places.

“The dance troupe works hard all year round, competing in events nationally and internationally.”

This year, the troupe represented England in the Dance World Cup team, alongside other dance schools from the area.

The competition was held in England for the first time, with the final in front of an international jury at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall in July.

More than 18,000 children around the world, aged from four to 25, competed for a place in the final.

Dance World Cup is open to anyone who attends a dance school that is not state run and the standard is high, with group dances featuring as many children as possible encouraged.

Sarah said the troupe also took part in the Starpower dance competition in London in May.

“One of our young dancers, Jessica Lewis, six, won Junior Miss Starpower and was invited to America to train in Orlando, Florida,” she added.

“We also won an outstanding choreography award and our senior hip hop team was placed with five stars, the highest award available.”