PRC students dance their way to World Champions

Students studying at Peterborough Regional College (PRC) were put under pressure at a recent competition involving dance crews from around the country.

The performing arts students took part in the UDO East Anglia Regional Street Dance Championships on Sunday March 24 at Bushfield Leisure Centre. The group of 12 students comprised of a mix of first and second year BTEC National students, as well as some first Diploma students. A second year media student with a passion for dance also rehearses with the crew.

The PRC crew – named themselves ‘The Contenders’ and were really under pressure with only having had two weeks to rehearse for the competition as they were already rehearsing for their assessment show, held the following day at the Key Theatre.

On the day, the students were overwhelmed by the scale of the event. They were competing against crews from all over the UK, including Scotland, London, and Birmingham over the critical eyes of four industry professionals to judge on the day. These judges have danced with artists such as Rihanna, JLS, Diversity, Flawless, Madonna, Britney Spears and Kelly Rowland to name a few, so the pressure was on.

They competed against either other crews in their under 18 category, and won.

Dance tutor at PRC, Sarah Rowe was thrilled with their performance: “Before they stepped on the floor to dance I could see them all hugging in a circle, this experience has made them realise what teamwork really is! They blew me away with their performance, I was so proud.”

They have now qualified to compete in the World Championships in Glasgow on August 23-25 against the world’s top street dancers from USA, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Sarah adds: “They worked incredibly hard to perfect their piece in such a short rehearsal period. This is a testimony to their hard work and commitment, Bring on Glasgow.”

For more information about PRC and their performing arts courses contact the Information Centre on 0845-8728722 or log onto www.peterborough.ac.uk