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Ty’s Road to World Journey Continues

Ty has QUALIFIED !!

 

Ty and Judges Six Nations

 

Ty came to UDO Six Nations 2016 last weekend where he was continuing his Road to Worlds Journey! He came with his Dance School and his family – and yes his Dad danced as well! 

Ty danced in Groups, Solos, Duos and Battles and guess what? He came 2nd in his Solo (Dad came 4th in his!) and 1st in his Duo with his partner Elizabeth Layne! 

Ty also danced in Under 16 Battles – where lots of the dancers are in their teens so Ty did an awesome job just getting up there and doing his thing! 

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Ty is now working hard training and increasing his knowledge so he is ready for is next events and for Worlds 2017! Keep checking back to see what he is up to! 

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First Time for Newport Dancers!

Here are Precious, Destiny and Rhia from our Alway Community Class in Newport. They only started dancing in January when our sessions landed in their community and prior to that they were inactive.

For over 10 years United Dance Organisation (UDO) has hosted a regional event in Newport which is a qualifier for UDO World Street Dance Championships and European Championships. Precious, Destiny and Rhia have had this on their doorstep for this whole time and have never had the confidence or opportunity to attend – this weekend that is changing!!

These local young girls will be taking part in solos and duos on Sunday and are so excited! We love how ambitious they are – they have gone from non – dancers to wanting to win! The change in them is fantastic, they have a bigger social circle, they are active each week, they have a new hobby and they are now attending an event that has been on their doorstep for their entire lives!

Join us in wishing them a HUGE Good Luck and check back next week to see how they got on!

 

Following Ty on his Road To Worlds

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This is Tyler Alexis Ward (likes to be knows as “Ty”). Ty is 7 years old and is the current Under 8 Advanced UDO World Champion! Ty started dancing at UDO when he was just 2 years old – one of our youngest starters!

 

Ty is from London and dances at Xpression Dance Studios. His mum is a Dance Teacher and his Dad is a Dancer as well, in fact Ty’s Dad also competed at UDO World Championships 2016! But Ty is still the only World Champion in his family!

 

Ty caught our eye when he posted a video of himself dancing in Covent Garden in London to raise money to attend Worlds. Check him out here https://www.facebook.com/ItsTyLondon/videos/177288179367974/

 

We have spoken with Ty’s Mum Natalie and she told us how Street Dance brings Ty “alive”. Ty does well at school but can be distracted but he is learning to concentrate better and develop some extra social skills by being part of a Team for the first time this year – instead of just solo dancing!

 

Ty is aiming to defend his title at UDO Worlds 2017 and we are going to follow him on his #roadtoworlds. Check him out here at UDO South Coast yesterday in Portsmouth.. and yes he did qualify in 3rd place. He is aiming for more points next week at UDO Six Nations Street Dance Championships as well where he will be part of Team England!

 

 

Doing it in Thurrock!

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Dancers from our project in Thurrock,Essex were involved in two Summer Festivals on the weekend, one in Purfleet and one in Basildon. All of the dancers had a fantastic time and would never have performed without the confidence boost of our programme over the past 18 months. Huge well done to their teachers Hayley and Demi who have brought them on so much as well.

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Dancers from #UDOIT classes in Stifford Clays taking to the stage! These dancers would never have had this opportunity before and they certainly would not have had the confidence to perform in front of the huge audience! Well done to all!

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Purfleet Community Fun Day

Dancers from our #udoit session in St Stephen’s Community Trust performed at the Purfleet Fun Day on Saturday as well! Even a few months ago these dancers were too nervous and shy to dance in front of each other let alone an audience but Demi has done a great job in getting them to this stage! Even some of the older ones who refused to engage with the club ended up having a go! 

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Unfortunately the programme in St Stephen’s has reached a conclusion now but we hope the engaged dancers will follow the exit pathways and continue to dance! 

Step Up South Wales 2016

Saturday 25th June saw the first ever Step Up South Wales event! After 6 months of our #udoit prgramme running (funded by Sport Wales) we hosted a showcase event to give all of the dancers a chance of their very first performance! We had the fantastic Kane Silver, Leighton Wall and Gregory Sage Judge the event and we had groups and solos competing to be champions! It was fanatastic to think these young people were not even dancing 6 months ago and now they are hooked for life! Royalty Crew from Rhymney Comprehensive school were the group winners and are the current “STEP UP SOUTH WALES 2016 CHAMPIONS” – who will take home 2017??#

Natalie who teaches the sessions in Rhymney Comprehensive School and Alway Community Centre said:

“Apart from one girl none of the young people have danced before. Their attendance was sporadic but as soon as we set an event to work towards they attended regularly and became more engaged as they wanted to win! They could not wait to pick their team names and see what the other dancers were doing!”. 

Lucy who teaches at the Civil Service Centre in Newport said:

“It was really difficult to engage with some of the older boys at the youth club, they thought dance was for girls. After a few weeks though they started to ask me to play different tracks and if I knew different steps. Now they frequently take over the class battling each other and free styling! I am so proud of them today, one of them even placed in solos too!”

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These first time dancers even had a go at solos!! The teachers were amazed when they got up to have a go! Top work dancers!

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We cannot wait to see what the next 6 months has in store for #udoit in South Wales – we know it is going to be HUGE!