Dancers in funding appeal

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A Fylde coast dance troupe is hoping to win the backing of kind-hearted Gazette readers in its bid to compete at a world championships.

Dancers at FY Wingz, based at the Oracle in St Annes Road, South Shore, hope to pop and lock their way to international success at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow in August.

But the team need more than £2,500 in funding to reach the finals – and hope Gazette readers can help fund their bid.

Dance teacher Samantha Bell said: “This will be the 10th year our troupe has qualified to compete.

“Past competitions have been held in Blackpool until recently when in 2013 they moved the World Championships to Glasgow making the cost for young people from Blackpool to compete higher, making it considerably more expensive.

“We have previously had first place winners and are looking to enable young dancers to have the opportunity to enrich themselves, and to represent the young talent of Blackpool.”

Last year youngsters from the troupe including Louie Houghton, Casey Foster, Tiana Green and Jade Finlayson faced off against dancers from France, China, Holland, Belgium and Germany to win prizes.

The age range of the troupe is five to 30-years-old, with the group looking to take 25 members.

Mrs Bell added: “We have various fund-raisers planned including a showcase at Club Domain in Blackpool to run a night of urban entertainment, a raffle and an auction, on Friday May 29 at 7pm.

“All proceeds go into funding tickets.

“We have set a marker of £2,500 and if we meet our target we can then fund travel and accommodation.

“We are seeking sponsorship, donations and overall support from the local community and hope to be able to raise enough to support the dancers family with the cost of this opportunity.”

Anyone who can help the team is asked to contact Samantha on 07856310094 or email sambellwingz@