Streets ahead with hot poppin’ moves

The Udo Street Dance Championships. Competitors in the doubles class on stage.
The Udo Street Dance Championships. Competitors in the doubles class on stage.
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DANCE fever hit Blackpool as hundreds of dancers battled it out at World Championships.

But the usual waltzes in the Tower Ballroom were swapped for popping and locking in the Winter Gardens, as it was strictly Street Dance on show.

The Udo Street Dance Championships. Competitors in the doubles class on stage.

The Udo Street Dance Championships. Competitors in the doubles class on stage.

Dance crews from around the world descended on the resort to show off their moves - and fashion - in fierce competition at the Urban Dance Organisation World Street Dance Championships.

The venue was awash with colour as dancers, dressed to perfection, practised their jumps, twists and body-pops.

FY West Coast, the only street dance school from Blackpool competing, were hoping to bag trophies on home turf.

Dance teacher Samantha Bell, co-founder of the school on Singleton Street, said their 60 dancers were proud to be representing the town.

She said: “We’re the only local group. Our crew colour is tangerine. We compete around the country, but people really look forward to coming to Blackpool.”

Dancer Brittany Jackson, 19, from Lytham said: “It’s the best feeling competing, the atmosphere is buzzing.”

As the place where the likes of Diversity and Twist and Pulse first competed, the championship is highly regarded in street dance circles.

Nu Sxool, finalists in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, were defending their World Street Dance title.

Grace Warner, dance teacher at TDM Stage School in South Wales, where Nu Sxool were trained, said: “We love coming to Blackpool.

“It’s nice showing people from around the world our traditional seaside town.”

The contest’s seventh year in Blackpool was also its last, as next year’s goes to Glasgow.