SUNDERLAND’S got street dance talent.
A city-based troupe have been getting some top tips on the modern dance form from stars of hit show Britain’s Got Talent.
Twist and Pulse back-flipped into Studio Jam in Villiers Street, Hendon, to teach youngsters the skills which helped them to become runners-up in the 2010 series of the hit ITV show.
More than 70 budding performers took part in two workshops which were organised by dance company Dance Jam, who are taking a troupe of talented dancers to the World Street Dance Championships.
Mark Johnson, director at Dance Jam, said: “The workshops were really successful. Twist and Pulse exceeded our expectations, as well as being great fun. They gave the kids some great tips which should stand them in good stead for the World Street Dance Championships.
“They’re doing really well in their practice sessions, and if they do their routines as well as they do in practice at the championships, I think they have a really good chance of being successful.”
Twist and Pulse, who hail from London, held a two-hour workshop for under 16s, as well as a separate workshop for over 16s, and a meet and greet session.
Mark said: “Twist and Pulse are off to China now to represent street dance in a Chinese version of Britain’s Got Talent.
“They’re doing really well at the moment, so it was great that they took the time out to come to Sunderland. It shows just how popular street dance is becoming thanks to them, Diversity and shows like Got to Dance.”
Twenty children, aged seven to 16, from Dance Jam won a place in the prestigious World Street Dance Championships after impressing judges in a qualifying round.
It means they will travel to Glasgow in August to compete against dance crews from across the globe.
Mark added: “It’s great for fitness and also as a way to increase their confidence. You see them come along for the first time and they are really shy, then a few weeks later they are at the front of the class jumping up and down.”
In the past few months, the Dance Jam crew has performed at Rainton Meadows Arena and Sunderland University.