Dancers are ready to represent England
MEMBERS of a dance school are celebrating call-ups to represent their country at the Dance World Cup
REDDS dance school, which trains at Winterbourne Community Centre, is sending a team of ten to the re-scheduled event.
Yate Academy pupil Yasmin Davis (above), 13, who lives in Winterbourne, qualified in 2019 for last year's Dance World Cup, which was due to be held in Italy, in the street solo and a commercial solo categories.
But the coronavirus pandemic meant the event was postponed to this year.
It was set to be held in Spain but a change of plans meant that the event was being relocated to Telford in Shropshire.
With some students unable to train, slots opened up for places on Team England in certain categories.
REDDS (Rhythm, Energy, Dance, Drama & Singing) principal Erin Cacacie said: "We had a week to enter a video-submitted routine to go before the Team England Judges.
"We qualified for a routine in the mixed ages small group acro routine, which combines dance and gymnastics."
The REDDS students going to the finals to perform that acro team routine (above) include Yate dancers Molly Mason, 17, Alice Sheppard, 14, Lola Sady, 14, Maya-Louise Fraser, 13, Darcy Roberts, 12, and 10-year-old Lexie Jessup. They are joined by Eve Chilcott, 14, and Lana Grice, 12, of Winterbourne, and Libby Smith Robinson, 18, of Warmley.
Erin said: "It's extremely exciting and really gives them something to focus on, given the year we have all had.
"We almost did an entire year of dance classes on Zoom and weren't able to do any acro because of spaces in our homes, so this is just fantastic.
The World Finals will combine the 2020 and 2021 cup competitions and run from August 9 to 20.