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British Street Dance Championships at the Winter Gardens

British Street Dance Championships at the Winter Gardens

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THERE was plenty of attitude in Blackpool over the weekend as the British Street Dance Championships kicked off.

Hundreds of youngsters took to the dance floor in the Winter Gardens with fancy footwork, head spins and body-popping.

Parents watched as their children strutted their stuff dressed in baggy trousers, hooded sweaters and eye-catching trainers.

Organiser Anna Williams-Jones said: “The performers have been very exciting, very innovative this year. They had lots of energy and enthusiasm.

“Blackpool is the capital of dance, it’s fantastic to hold the competition here. Street dance is really accessible to today’s youngsters, they can gel with the music.”

The street dance contest was held on Saturday, but hundreds more youngsters returned to the venue yesterday to compete in the British Free Style Championships.

Mrs Williams-Jones said judges were looking for good timing, good technique and street dance attitude from competitors.

And Kyle Hodkinson, 13, from Blackpool, who won the top spot in the solos and duos intermediate, certainly had plenty of that.

Kyle, a member of dance group FY West Coast who were representing Blackpool in the competition, said: “I’ve been dancing for five years. It’s fun, it gives us something to do.”

For Ashley McMahon and Maddy Skelly, both 11, from Leyland, the trip over to Blackpool had well been worth it after their team scooped a first place trophy. Maddy said: “I love street dance as it’s a great way of being able to express yourself.”

Ashley said: “We’ve both been doing street dance since we were two. We can do lots of different moves now. We love it.”