STREET dancers are pulling out their best moves to make cash and become world champions.
The four crews of performers from the Boom ‘n’ Bounce project, run by Pallion Action Group, have won a place at the Udo World Street Dance Championships.
However, their chance of success may be scuppered if they cannot raise the money to get to the competition.
The group needs £7,000 to take 26 members to the 8th annual event, which will be held in Glasgow in August.
So far, it has raised £1,000, including funds collected through a sleepover event, which saw 23 members take part.
Pallion Action Group’s activities co-ordinator Marie Mould, 32, said: “We need to raise the money because some of the children simply can’t afford to go if we don’t. It’s as simple as that.
“We are trying all angles to get money for the project and the young people but, in the current economic climate, people simply don’t see going to a competition as being a necessity.
“But it has done amazing things for some of the people who are members – keeping them out of trouble and off the streets – and I have read things about the problem of obesity in young people in Sunderland recently, and this could really help with that because it gets kids active.”
The sleepover session ran from 6pm to 7am and included dance-offs, a ghost hunt and campfire storytelling. Domino’s, on St Luke’s Terrace, donated food.
In the past the group, which has six dance crews in total, has won trophies at the World Street Dance Championships and represented Sunderland at an international youth meeting in twin city Essen, Germany.