Welsh Street Dance Championships 2013
Guest judges from ‘Flawless’
Last weekend I travelled down to Newport to see the best street dancers in Wales compete to earn their place in the World Championships 2014 & European Championships 2015. United Dance Organisation saw around 1600 people turn out to cheer on the dancers aged from five all the way up to adults. The guest judges from Flawless even added a touch of celebrity to the occasion. The atmosphere really was phenomenal. After growing up competing in a quiet auditorium where audience members politely clap at the end of routines, it was refreshing to hear the crowd really get behind the dancers. The venue literally erupted when a crew switched up their track to a tune everyone knew. But most of all, I was shocked by the pure originality of the choreography and the outstanding overall quality on show.
But don’t just take it from me, watch for yourselves. Here’s my ‘best of’ compilation for the morning competitors of the Welsh Champs.
This is quite literally the biggest street dance competition that Wales has EVER seen.
Guest judges and BGT finalists ‘Flawless’
Over 2,500 dancers are competing in the Welsh Street Dance Championships in Newport at the end of the month (in front of a crowd of around 1,600 people). And the stakes are high with many hoping to qualify for the 2014 World and European champs in Glasgow and Germany respectively. Win the Worlds and you win an £8,000 prize fund!
I caught up with Kate Lewis, project manager at UDO (United Dance Organisation), the company who coordinates not only the Welsh Champs but also 12 other regional qualifiers across the UK. They are a global company running street dance competitions worldwide across America to Spain and even countries in Africa.
So who are UDO?
And if you needed any more convincing of just how BIG this event is going to be, the judges for the competition will be the members of Flawless from the 2009 Britain’s Got Talent Finals along with some other famous names…
So watch this space for videos, interviews and more straight from the Welsh Street Dance Championships on Sunday 24th November at Newport Leisure Centre.
In the meantime, take a look at previous competitors in UDO’s 2012 European Championships X-Flave. Watch more videos at UDO’s youtube page.