VIDEO: Newbury Park dancers triumph in global competition
A group of borough dancers representing the UK triumphed over rivals from more than 22 countries to take home a trophy at an international competition on Friday.
The 12 girls from Turbelle’s Performing Arts dance school, in Oaks Park High School, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park finished in third place at the 10th World Championships in Modern Dance Sport held in Eastbourne.
Performing a routine mixing dance styles such as hip-hop, ballet and jazz, “Lethal Chemistry” saw off competition from Spain, Poland and Ukraine before being pipped by two teams of Italian dancers.
The 11 to 25-year-olds had spent eight hours practising each week since October and their efforts paid off, according to managing principal Joelle Jones.
She said: “They were one of three teams to walk away from the day with a trophy, so I’m really proud of them. I’m beaming.
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“They virtually came off the stage crying before they even got the trophy.
“I just wanted to know they did their best and they went beyond all expectations, they really did give it everything.
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“The crowd was really lively and it was an interesting experience mixing with so many different countries and hearing the announcements made in all difference languages.”
Though gripped by nerves and grabbing any opportunity to go over their moves one last time, the group still found time to cheer on their fellow competitors from the UK and beyond.
Joelle added: “They are all good girls and are notorious for cheering on other groups.
“They got right behind one of the other UK groups and were really supportive.”
Many of the troupe arrived back in the borough as late as 2am on Saturday, but once again proved their dedication by arriving as usual to their weekly session later that day.