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Chance of a lifetime for young dancers

PUBLISHED: 16:40 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 23 August 2010

THE GLITZ and glamour of Hollywood and the chance to perform at Disney World is beckoning for young dance stars. Three teams from the Grove Dance Centre, Gravesend, have been invited to attend the prestigious Dance Excellence Week in America next year.

THE GLITZ and glamour of Hollywood and the chance to perform at Disney World is beckoning for young dance stars.

Three teams from the Grove Dance Centre, Gravesend, have been invited to attend the prestigious Dance Excellence Week in America next year.

Coach Kirsten Wheeler will lead her under-12, under-16 and over-16 teams on the once in a lifetime trip to compete with the England squad.

During the visit, all dancers will attend different classes with professionals and try out for a chance to perform at the world's most famous holiday destination.

Miss Wheeler, 33 said: "This is a unique opportunity and we are all very excited about it. It is amazing for the young dancers to get this chance but they really deserve it.

"They will get the opportunity to dance alongside top performers. Choreographers who are involved in the hit show So You Think You Can Dance, hosted by Cat Deeley, are there this year for instance. This is the type of quality this event attracts.

"We were invited to take part by organisers of the Kent Dance Challenge and that, in itself, is a real honour.

"Although it will be a great experience it will involve a lot of hard work but that will not phase the dancers here. They will even perform at Disney World.

"We are planning a lot of sponsorship events as this is an expensive trip but one not to be missed."

The Street Dance teams due to travel are Damage, Remix and Taboo and have experienced great success in England and other countries.

In 2007, they qualified for the UK Street Dance Championships where Damage and Remix went on to win their age categories and Taboo came second. It was because of this success they were invited to represent England in the World Hip Hop Championships in Bremen, Germany. The competition included dancers from as far as South Africa.

All three teams finished in the top half of their respective age groups. Damage finished 11th out of 24, Remix 16th out of 45 and Taboo 12th out of 48.

Remix have gone on to finish first in their age group at the Kent Dance Challenge.

All three teams competed in the Dutch Open Hip Hop Championship, Remix won the under-16 category, and Taboo came third in the over-16s.

Dancers and their families fund all trips but with the Hollywood adventure costing about £1,500 per child a variety of fundraisers are being arranged.

Race nights, quiz evenings, car washing, supermarket bag packing and sponsored events are being planned by the centre and individual dancers.

n To find out how you can help call The Grove on 01474 566603.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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