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Ruptors Street Dance Crew at the UDO World Street Dance Championships

The Ruptors at the World Street Dance Championships

The Ruptors, a street dance Young Co-operative based at Lipson Community College in Plymouth, Devon had a busy summer, entering into the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool. The Ruptors member Amy Sluggett reports on their trip:

The Ruptors at the World Street Dance Championships

"After placing first at the UDO Street Dance Championships in March 2012, Ruptors then qualified to represent Plymouth and Lipson Community College at the World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool in August.

The Ruptors at the World Street Dance Championships

On Thursday 23 August, we travelled up to Blackpool. The competition started on Friday, when we competed in the Quads event. Later on that day was the ‘breakdancing’ competition, where our member Jake Aley made it through to the semi-finals in the ‘senior category’. The finals were to be held later that evening. At 10pm Jake battled in the final and eventually won; he now holds the title of UDO Senior B-Boy World Champion 2012! He beat over 50 break dancers from all around the world.

The Ruptors at the World Street Dance Championships

On the Saturday, we competed in the duos event and later the team category. Due to winning in March we were promoted to the ‘intermediate’ section where we competed against 26 other teams from around the world. Unfortunately we didn’t get a trophy but all had an excellent time and it was a great experience. All the dancers that entered the solo section got to either the quarter or semi finals.

The Ruptors at the World Street Dance Championships

Overall, the weekend was an excellent experience and we were proud to represent Lipson, Plymouth and Young Co-operatives. We would like to thank the Co-operative fund for issuing us £900 towards the trip, as without this money we wouldn’t have been able to compete."