African first at world street dance championships 1-3 August

African first at world street dance championships 1-3 August

Two young street dance crews from Ghana and Nigeria are looking forward to taking part in the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool this August.

It will be the first time that African teams have taken part in the prestigious event, which has been running for three years and attracts over 3,000 dancers and enthusiasts from all over the world to the northern seaside resort.

Pan African championship winner 2 Puff is made up of Rawlings Nii Armah Adams, 26, Ezekiel Boateng, 20, Kenneth Attoh, 22, Michael Quaye, 22, Reuben Odarkwei Lamptey, 22 and Frederick Botchway, 23. The all male team hails from Kumasi, the garden city, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Soul Quest from Nigeria, will also fly to the UK to take part in the competition, after being crowned runner up at the Pan African heats, held in Lagos, Nigeria, this June. Kenya and Tanzania were both knocked out.

Ghanaian crew 2 Puff has performed together for nine years, since its youngest member Ezekiel was only 11. The six young members of the group, now all in their 20s, practice up to four times a day.

The oldest member Rawlings has been dancing since he was 10, and is a fan of Usher, Michael Jackson and Jamaican reggae star Elephant Man. He said: “I bring style and a lot of acrobatic moves to the dance floor. I’m the most proud of my skills in break dancing and flipping.”

Simon Dibley from UDO said: “Street dance is really sweeping the world at the moment.

“It makes a great spectacle because it relies on raw energy, talent and a sense of rhythm. Some of the moves are incredibly gymnastic and the choreography is amazing.

“The weekend will have an electrifying atmosphere and be great fun for dancers and spectators alike.”

The UDO World Street Dance Championships take place at Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 1-3 August 2008. The annual spectacular promises to deliver all the very freshest moves, as well as workshops and the Invitational – the street dance professionals’ showcase that everyone wants a ticket to.

Last year it featured Jabbawockeez, the stars of Hollywood street dance movie Step Up 2. This year promises to be even more exciting with international acts being signed up every day.

Other countries competing in both under- and over-18 categories in Blackpool this August include Slovenia, Germany, UK and Portugal.

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