Dancers to take on the world

Platinum Dance Academy have made it to the world finals in Glasgow.
Platinum Dance Academy have made it to the world finals in Glasgow.

Young street dancers from Platinum Dance Academy are celebrating winning a ticket to the world championships after walking away from the regional heats with a cache of trophies.

Young street dancers from Platinum Dance Academy are celebrating winning a ticket to the UDO World Street Dance Championships after walking away from the regional heats with a cache of trophies.

Dance teacher, Lorna Adams, said: “I was really surprised. The standard was ridiculously high, we knew they had done well because they had worked so hard.”

The Bury St Edmunds dance academy’s under 18 crew, UKnight, came third in their category while the under 14 crew, Nemesis, came second in their category.

Sam Shattock came first in the beginner under 10 solo category while Jude Blakemore and Jessica Daniels were awarded the top prize in the under 16 beginner pairs category.

Leah Southern and Madison Carter also came home with a trophy after coming third in the under 12 beginner category.

Sam Shattock, eight, of Bury St Edmunds said: “I felt really happy because I won it. When they called my number I was very surprised because there was lots of kids that I was against and every time they called my number I was getting more and more nervous.”

The crews and individuals now have the chance to compete in the world championships, in Glasgow, in August, against crews from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe.

The dance academy is seeking sponsorship to help cover the costs of travelling to the competition.