Sunderland’s Step Up-style street dancers win host of awards

Youngsters from Dance Jam who have recently returned from the World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.

Youngsters from Dance Jam who have recently returned from the World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.

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Sunderland’s answer to Step Up have back-flipped their way home from the World Championships with a host of awards.

Like the stars of the film franchise, youngsters from Dance Jam, based in Sunniside, are dedicated to street dance.

All their hours of hard work practising their moves paid off at the recent UDO World Street Dance Championships, where they competed against dance crews from across the globe.

They travelled to Glasgow’s SECC arena for the event, regarded as the Oscars of street dance, where about 8,000 dancers from 24 countries showcased their talents.

“The kids did amazingly well,” said Mark Johnson from Dance Jam in Villiers Street.

“They competed as different crews depending on their ages. Nu Jam placed sixth in the world in their category, out of 28 crews in that section.

“Mini Jam came third in their section. There was a series of solo and duo sections as well, in which they did really well. The competition has a huge age range from under six-year-olds to adults.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to experience that level of performance on a professional stage.

“This isn’t a small show, it’s a huge arena and is a great achievement for them all.”

Mark says thanks to films like Step Up and street dancers in shows like Britain’s Got Talent, it’s becoming more popular.

“The world championships have been going for 10 years and this one was the biggest yet,” he said. “It’s a great, fun sport to be involved in.”

l To learn more about classes held at Dance Jam, visit www.dancejamuk.co.uk