Dance troupes on world stage

The Urbanize dance crew from Urban Dance Project, based in Bispham. 'From left to right (dance crew members wearing medals): Scott Crombie, Connor Alee, Megan Reidel, Tegan Cookson, Ella Bradsahw, Kirsten Thomson, Ste Strain, Sam Wise, Jake Stewart, Millie Lomas.
The Urbanize dance crew from Urban Dance Project, based in Bispham. 'From left to right (dance crew members wearing medals): Scott Crombie, Connor Alee, Megan Reidel, Tegan Cookson, Ella Bradsahw, Kirsten Thomson, Ste Strain, Sam Wise, Jake Stewart, Millie Lomas.
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A Blackpool dance troupe will have to raise £10,000 to compete at a European dance tournament in Germany.

Two groups from the Urban Dance Project , which is based in Bispham, were delighted to make it through the United Dance Organisation’s heats – securing their place in the UDO European Championships in Kalkar, Germany, in May, and the UDO World Championships in Glasgow in August.

Michelle Ramsey, founder of Urban Dance Project, said she was proud of the dancers and added this is where the hard work really begins for the youngsters, as they have to raise £10,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs.

She said: “Two of our crews successfully managed to compete and qualify at UDO North West, earning them a life changing opportunity to compete and represent Blackpool at the European and World Championships.

“We would love to have this opportunity of being able to go to represent Blackpool the best we can.

“We are proposing fundraising events with the proceeds going towards the cost of travel and accommodation.

“We also are proposing sponsorships to promote local businesses.

“And finally we are hoping for a donation, no matter how big or small but something to help these dancers to take part in such a life changing opportunity.

“Any help would be beneficial and we all would be incredibly thankful.”

Anyone who could help the dance group, which runs classes from Bispham Body Senze on Bristol Avenue, can contact Michelle on 07584359310 or email info@urbandanceproject.co.uk.