A pair of street-dancing schoolchildren are following in the footsteps of Diversity after finishing second in the World Street Dance Championships earlier this month.
‘Manic Edge’, comprised of 11-year-old duo Kaymia Smith and Courtney Town, stunned judges with their energetic performance at the UDO Championships in Glasgow.
The bright young dancers took on troupes from all over the world to emerge as eventual runners up to leave their instructor, Amelia Urukalo, beaming with pride.
Amelia, who has run Upstage Academy in Ripon for seven years, took the dance duo to the championships alongside the eight-member strong ‘Prolific Edge’ and said she was ‘ecstatic’ with the performances.
She said: “Courtney and Kaymia came to us six years ago and they both do about four to five classes a week. They started doing various acting classes before moving on to the Street Dance classes.
“We went to the regional championships in December to compete against different areas and the top four teams qualified for the World Championships in Glasgow.
“The pair were absolutely fantastic, simply amazing. The most rewarding thing is they come into the studio in their own time to practice.”
Kaymia, who has also performed at Wembley Stadium in the past, described the ‘amazing’ experience of competing against teams from all over the world with his dance partner Courtney.
He said: “We really enjoyed performing in front of everyone and it gives you a lot more confidence. We try to up our game every time and we are getting a really good return from all our practice.
“I’m proud of what we have done and hopefully we have put Ripon on the map because most of the other teams competing were from much bigger cities.”
Courtney echoed her dance partner’s excitement at their accomplishmentwhilst praising the hard work of their instructor.
She said: “I was very young when I started at Upstage but it was always something I had wanted to do.
“Upstage always looked a lot of fun and I have improved quite a lot since going.”
‘Prolific Edge’ also competed against 32 national teams at the competition where Britain’s Got Talent Winner’s Diversity first competed.