Members of Bounce ‘n’ Boom street dance project are one step closer to becoming World Champions, after raising the £7,000 they need to compete in an international dance-off.
The group of 23 children and teenagers feared they would not be able to attend the Udo World Street Dance Championships, as the project did not have the funding to pay for the trip.
However, after working hard to organise fund-raising events, and thanks to donations from a number of businesses, they are now set to head to the competition.
The dance project, which has won a number of competitions in the past, received £1,500 from the Community Chest fund, Gentoo, and Pertemps.
Marie Mould, activities co-ordinator at Pallion Action Group – where Bounce ‘n’ Boom is run – said it has been humbling to watch the children pull together to raise the money.
“The determination from the young people has been unreal. It has made me quite emotional to watch how hard they have worked and how passionate they are about the project.
“To watch people when they are so passionate about something and believe in it so much makes you believe in it.”
Marie, along with youth worker Hazel Kerr, who also helps to run Bounce ‘n’ Boom, is now volunteering to help keep the group going since it has stopped being funded.
“It would be easy to walk away from it,” she told the Echo.
“But if you walk away, the kids are going to lose sight of what they were doing and you aren’t going to get them back.
“They have pulled together and become a little family to raise the money they need, and the older ones are volunteering to help train the younger ones so they are all still practising.
“They are street dancers, dancing is what they do. So they are practising anywhere they can – they’ve been seen in parks with ghetto blasters and things – whenever they can.”
The project will attend the competition – launched by 2009 Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity – in Glasgow from August 23 to 25 against groups from across the globe including America and Asia.
“I’m so excited now and the kids can’t wait,” said Marie.
“It’s not just about competing but they will learn all about the history and culture of hip-hop. It’s a chance for them to meet lots of people who they look up to and can learn a lot from.”