Students learning street dance techniques at a school in Bury St Edmunds are among the best in the world - and now they have the trophies to prove it.
Platinum Dance Academy’s Nemesis and Uknight teams and soloists Scarlett Roscamp and Sam Shattock placed fifth in the under 14s, sixth in the under 18s and seventh and first in the under 10 novices respectively in last month’s UDO (United Dance Organisation) world street dance championships in Glasgow.
Lorna Adams, who owns the dance school, said: “I’m so proud of them.”
The 26-year-old said her students’ success was ‘a big deal’ because they were competing against so many dancers from all over the world.
Of what makes them stand out, she said: “Our choreography itself is quite different to other groups and the kids are 100 per cent committed - they live and breath it. They just love it so much and it shows when they dance.”
Victory was even sweeter for those who had qualified last year but were not successful in the final stages.
“This time when they placed it was quite overwhelming - everyone was crying and hugging each other,” said Lorna, who hopes more of her dancers will be able to compete in next year’s event.
She said: “It gives us more recognition of our skills because we’re the only ones in the Bury area that street dance and we pride ourselves in doing proper street dance.”
She added: “Our aim is competing more globally, taking them outside the UK so they get more recognition, and so they can learn more as well because every country’s style of dance is so different. We try to give them everything we can so they have so many different skills to stand out.”
Platinum Dance Academy welcomed Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Twist and Pulse for a street dance workshop earlier this year and is due to meet with street dance troupe Diversity, who won BGT in 2009, later this month.
The school was set up four years ago and has operated out of a studio in Eastgate Street for the past two years.
It currently has a waiting list of youngsters who want to get involved and is seeking a larger premises to be able to accommodate them.
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