World Cup bronze medal for dancers
MEMBERS of a dance school won a bronze medal representing their country at the Dance World Cup.
REDDS dance school sent a team of dancers – most of them from Yate – to compete in the mixed ages small group acro routine, which combines dance and gymnastics, to the re-scheduled event, which took place in Telford in August.
But there was heartbreak for Winterbourne dancers Yasmin Davis, 13, and Lana Grice, 12, who were unable to take part.
Yate Academy pupil Yasmin qualified two years ago for the street solo and a commercial solo categories, but a knee ligament injury meant that she was unable to take part and faces two years away from dancing.
The medal-winning team included Yate dancers Molly Mason-Mounfield, 17, Alice Sheppard, 14, Lola Sady, 14, Darcy Roberts, 12, Maya Helen Fraser, 13 and Woodlands Primary School pupil Lexie Jessup, 10, plus Eve Chilcott, 14, from Winterbourne, Libby Smith-Robinson, 18, of Warmley and Ailsa Parsons.
The team (pictured above and below) has been training at Winterbourne Community Centre in Watleys End Road but is set to move to Yate later this month.
REDDS (Rhythm, Energy, Dance, Drama & Singing) principal Erin Cacacie, whose daughter Milan choreographed the routine, said: "I am so proud of my team and their World Cup Bronze Medal.
"We came back to live dancing in April, we entered the Dance World Cup in May with a one-minute video of a routine we hadn't even created and Milan was lucky enough to choreograph for us.
"We had dancers who hadn't even returned to live dance classes properly by then or had properly practised acro during the entire lockdown due to space.
"During rehearsals we had students isolating for 10 days due to covid, and had to wait for Milan to get free time to be able to finish the routine.
"We had no time to fundraise for costumes, uniform or entry administrations.
"We sadly had a student unable to perform one week before the event, which meant one of our dancers had six hours to learn the routine.
"And these girls, despite only learning this routine for 2 months came away with a bronze medal.
"I really am excited for the future of this team and applying again for Dance World Cup 2022."
The Dance World Cup was originally due to be held in Italy last year but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was then set to be held in Spain but a change of plans meant it was relocated to Telford in Shropshire.