MACKEM movers have been celebrated as some of the best in the world.
Fast feet from Dance Jam brought home trophies from the world dance championships after competing against dancers from as far afield as Australia.
A trio of young dancers from the troupe, which trains at Studio Jam in Villiers Street in Sunniside, impressed judges at the UDO World Street Dance Championships, held this year in Glasgow.
Dance duo Thomas Hunter, 10, from Fulwell, and Rhys Johnson, 10, from Roker, came fifth in the under 12s dance duo category while Courtney Peel, 12, from Silksworth, came sixth in the under 14s novice category.
Mark Johnson, a director at Dance Jam, said: “They did really, really well, they were competing against hundreds of dancers from around the world at the contest and getting these trophies is a great confidence boost for them.
“Street dance is huge at the minute and there were about 5,000 to 6,000 people at the contest.”
Crews from the dance school also competed in the international contest, which is now in its eighth year.
The crews, Nu Jam and Lil’ Jam, won a place at the competition after impressing judges in qualifying rounds.
Mark added: “We had 20 kids competing all together and it was a great achievement for them just to make it to the contest.”
Street dance is becoming increasingly popular thanks to films such as Step Up, Save the Last Dance and TV Shows So You Think You Can Dance and Britain’s Got Talent – which made stars out of winners street dance crew Diversity.
Earlier this year, pupils from Dance Jam picked up tips from duo Twist and Pulse, runners-up in Britain’s Got Talent 2010, who led a workshop for the school.