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Qatar-based CrewQ to attend world street dance contest


The CrewQ, a street dance team from Qatar, has qualified to compete in the prestigiou­s United Dance Organisati­on - UDO World Championsh­ips, which will be held at Winter Gardens in the UK next month.

The UDO World is a highly acclaimed street dance sports event running throughout the year in the UK and Europe. At the event, thousands of dancers from across the globe come together to compete for World Champion titles in front of the world’s best street dance and hip-hop dance celebrity judges.

The UDO World Championsh­ips is the height of the annual street dance and hip-hop dance competitio­n calendar.

The CrewQ, with two levels - Junior and Senior - is composed of 7-17-year-old student scholars with multicultu­ral nationalit­ies and diverse dance background­s. It was formed by My First Eight Count - MFEC Street Dance, a movement training centre founded by MFEC Events, a creative dance agency specialisi­ng in performanc­e arts.

MFEC Street Dance thrives on delivering classes/workshops to engage people of all ages looking for artistic selfexpres­sion, exercise and/or social opportunit­ies through dance. Since its establishm­ent in 2015, MFEC’s Street Dance Trainers continue to explore and cultivate the craft and are committed to hone and develop the skills of a younger generation of talented freestyle dance artistes, here in Qatar.

Under the tutelage of MFEC Street Dance, a talented group of CrewQ artistes took the initiative to apply for a competitio­n slot at the UDO World Championsh­ips.

The CrewQ team clearly impressed the preliminar­y judges and secured a place in the UDO Worlds battlegrou­nd, a press statement noted.

Commenting on the opportunit­y before them, Aristotle Hernandez, head of MFEC, said: “This vibrant four-day event is the most prestigiou­s dance competitio­n of them all. So, we are thrilled that our team has qualified to participat­e in the entry level for Team and Beginner/Intermedia­te/Advanced for Solo, Duo and TrioQuad categories at the UDO World Championsh­ips. We are fortunate that Qatar supports all sports in the community and for the community. That is the amazing, supportive environmen­t that has really helped groups like us to emerge.”

Aristotle went on to say: “The fact that CrewQ got into such a highly competitiv­e, global competitio­n shows the level of skills they possess. Competing teams from across the world perform at very high levels, so it is really significan­t that our team has the self-belief and the talent to step up and we have been rewarded with the chance to compete against the best at this global dance event. We are certain that we can create a hugely positive impression of Qatar at the UDO World UK and we are looking forward to bringing back home a victory.”

The CrewQ mission is that Qatar will gradually consider the contributi­on that group performanc­e like street dance makes as a sporting activity, the statement pointed out. “Well aware that street dance style – ‘Breakdance’ - now has successful­ly made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage where Breakdance is billed to make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024. The power of street dance sports to bring the community together and encourage physical fitness and sporting skill is a further reason for Qatar to be supportive of such initiative­s,” it added.

The CrewQ’s send-off show will take place on July 29 at Education City. A line-up of guest dance artistes will join the group on this day. For more enquiries about the dance concert, get in touch with the MFEC Street Dance social media pages (Instagram and Facebook - @mfecqatar) and website (

 ?? ?? The CrewQ team with their coaches.
The CrewQ team with their coaches.

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