The principal of a south Norfolk-based dance school has hailed the “amazing results” of her “wonderful” group after they performed in Germany at the weekend.
LK’s School of Dance were competing against thousands of entrants at the UDO European Street Dance Championships in Kalkar. The Diss-tinction team, with dancers aged from 13-19 years were placed 8th in the over 18 section, while their group competing in the under 14 section, with dancers aged 7-11 years old, reached the semi finals.
Lynn Bailey, principal of the dance school, said: “I can’t explain how proud I am. It’s amazing to even qualify for the European Championships, let alone get into the finals.
“We have all worked so hard, with hours of training put in, it’s wonderful that it’s all paid off.
“It’s one of the best experiences a child could have. It helps them learn to work as a team and to support others, it is also a great confidence booster, all of which will help them in their future years.
“When we found out that we had got through to the final, we were in the Food Hall having lunch, all 48 of us just stood and cheered and danced around the table and the other dance schools in the room from all over Europe, all stood up and clapped us.
When we found out that we had got through to the final, we were in the Food Hall having lunch, all 48 of us just stood and cheered and danced around the table and the other dance schools in the room from all over Europe, all stood up and clapped us.Lynne Bailey
“Many tears of happiness were shed over the weekend. It was an amazing atmosphere and a thoroughly enjoyable event. I would like to say a big thank you to all of my pupils that danced, for being so wonderful, to all of my pupil’s parents and families for their immense dedication and to all of the local people that have supported us and helped make the children’s dreams come true.”
RESULTS - Solo section: Lana Sawyer, 5th, under 10s; Rebekah Woods, 6th, under 16s; Katie Jenkins, 5th, over 16s. Duos section: Ava Edwards and Lana Sawyer, 5th, under 10s; Jamie Reay and Tia Reed-Hall, 7th, under 10s; Sophie Potter and Evie Nicholas, 4th, over 16s; Carina Riches and Katie Jenkins, 4th, over 16s beginners; Alice Waterfield and Samantha Jones, 2nd, over 16s intermediate.