Teams dance their way to World Cup joy

The MacDonalds Restaurant at Eastbourne Admiral Retail Park has sponsored new costumes for dancers who have reached a prestigious competition final. With the dancers are (L to R): Charlotte Frend shift manager, Ryan Keyword Business manager and Tiffany Pennington Admin Assistant. July1st 2013 E27082P

The MacDonalds Restaurant at Eastbourne Admiral Retail Park has sponsored new costumes for dancers who have reached a prestigious competition final. With the dancers are (L to R): Charlotte Frend shift manager, Ryan Keyword Business manager and Tiffany Pennington Admin Assistant. July1st 2013 E27082P

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Pupils from dance schools in Eastbourne were crowned champions after they joined thousands of competitors for a competition.

People from different countries were in Brighton last week for the Dance World Cup and among them were 17 talented girls from Zoe Pennington Dance Studios in Hailsham and Shining Stars Dance Academy and Ratton Academy of Performing Arts from Eastbourne who were chosen from thousands to take part.

The three local groups were among dance schools representing Team England and they were at the Dome last week to show off their talents. Between them they clocked up an impressive number of medals including one gold, two silvers and two bronze and some of the team also helped to rack up points by coming fourth and fifth in their category.

Karen Burr, principal of Shining Stars Dance Academy, said, “It’s the first time any of us have been involved in it. It was a really fun atmosphere, a bit like the Olympics. The girls were really excited.

“It was really exciting and the first time England has ever won it.”

The event takes place in a different country each year and this time it was England’s turn to play host.

The girls each received an individual certificate and those that won gold also performed on the final night for the gala. The teams entered 13 different dances including Jazz, National and Tap.

Zoe Pennington from Zoe Pennington Dance Studios added, “There were over 2,100 competitors from all over the world so to even get through to the final is fantastic and a great experience for the kids.”

Mcdonald’s in Lottbridge Drove sponsored the dance schools’ tracksuits and are pictured with the teams before they headed off to take part in the Dance World Cup.

To view the results visit: www.dwcworld.com