Dancers set sights on fi­nals in la

Young champs scoop top ti­tles

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Jean Ward

A group of Coat­bridge dancers have scooped a trio of pres­ti­gious ti­tles in less than 12 months.

The tal­ented young­sters from re­cently- formed Morse Code crew were crowned un­der- 18 cham­pi­ons at the United Dance Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( UDO) world cham­pi­onships at Glas­gow’s SEC, de­spite just get­ting to­gether last sum­mer.

Since then the crew have brought home solo, duo and quad team tro­phies from the North East cham­pi­onships in Ed­in­burgh as well as the UDO Bri­tish un­der 18s in­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle.

The team com­prises 13 boys and girls, aged be­tween 11 and 17, mostly from Coat­bridge.

Holly Dun­smore and Liam Ryan are two of the group’s found­ing mem­bers.

Holly, 17, told the Ad­ver­tiser: “It was a new ven­ture but we all knew what we wanted to be a part of. We cel­e­brate The crew were all friends and knew what we were ca­pa­ble of. Every­one in the team is de­lighted be­ing on our own and when we come to­gether it all works. We have the flex­i­bil­ity for train­ing pur­poses.”

On their re­cent achieve­ment, Holly said: “Lead­ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion I have never been so ner­vous, but I wanted every­one to do well.

“Af­ter the per­for­mance we thought that we could win, but I’ve never felt like that in my life. It was in­cred­i­ble.

She con­tin­ued: “Every­one has been re­ally ex­cited and happy with what we’ve achieved. Next year we can see our­selves train­ing even more to keep the stan­dards up.

“Much more is ex­pected, so hope­fully we can go ahead next year and achieve even more.”

Liam added: “We were re­ally thrilled af­ter all the hard work we put into it. To win the world cham­pi­onships ticked ev­ery box for us.

“Our men­tor Adam Macmil­lan over­sees the chore­og­ra­phy but every­one pro­vides their own in­put. He mixes mu­sic for us and over­sees the whole process, but the ac­tual chore­og­ra­phy comes from us.”

Holly has had a passion for dance since the age of just two and is now study­ing an HNC in the sub­ject at col­lege.

She added: “Leav­ing school was a big de­ci­sion be­cause I had to de­cide what I wanted to do as a ca­reer. Af­ter my course I hope to move to Lon­don or Manch­ester to do my de­gree.”

Morse Code is run and chore­ographed by the young­sters them­selves who spe­cialise in a range of street dance styles, in­clud­ing hip- hop, house and pop­ping un­der the tute­lage of their coach Adam.

And they have now set their sights on bat­tling it out against the best Euro­pean ta­lent at the World of Dance UK qual­i­fier in Lon­don in Novem­ber for an op­por­tu­nity to reach the fi­nals in Los An­ge­les next year.

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