A good showing at regional finals sees Torrington dancers into UDO championship event in Blackpool.

MEMBERS of the Torrington Streetz Dance Crew are heading to the bright lights of Blackpool next month to compete in the street dance world championships.

Now divided into three age groups, the Streetz Suspectz crew gained fourth place in the United Dance Organisation (UDO) regional finals at Reading and will now contest the world crown against thousands of other street dancers from across the globe.

The group of 13 to 15-year-olds are entering the event on the weekend of August 24-26 at Blackpool Winter Gardens and will be hoping to be among the final 12 crews put forward into the Sunday part of the competition after a hectic Saturday of dancing.

Also competing for Streetz will be dance duos Freddie Ware and Caitlin Stacey plus Connor Macgillivray and Ryan Ashton.

Streetz was set up by dance teacher Amy Avery just five years ago and it is not a first at the world event – last year Amy took a group of 16 to the finals and they managed a creditable 12th in their category.

“With backing from Torrington Town Council and various fund raising events we managed to get all the performers up there,” said Amy.

“This year is also a huge achievement. Every time you compete there are crews from all over trying to qualify, with thousands of kids there, so this is a major, major achievement for these kids.”

Streetz now has three crews – Saintz is the eldest at 17 to 20 years-old, Suspectz are in the middle and the youngest crew Sneakerz is formed from 11-13-year-olds.

They meet three times a week at Torrington Community College, on Tuesday and Thursday nights plus Saturday mornings and Streetz had around 250 members in total.

Now Amy is planning to start an ‘absolute beginner class. She has also become a qualified UDO teacher and can teach street dance syllabus with grading at local schools.

Anyone who wants to find out more can call her on 07854 975823 or visit the Streetz Dance crew Facebook page.