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Putting North East on the dance map

Emma King with Ruff Diamond Dance group
Emma King with Ruff Diamond Dance group

A young dancer from North Shields is raising money to groove her way to America.

Emma King, 14, is part of a team of seven dancers from Ruff Diamond Academy in Hartlepool who want to bring the Hip Hop International title back to the north east.

Emma, who goes to Norham High School, originally danced in Whitley Bay before auditioning for Ruff Diamond.

The team is one of just three groups from the UK competing at the World Championship in Arizona.

Lynsey Smith, Emma’s mum, said: “She’s so intelligent and really wants to dance. Whenever we go to workshops, she’s always picked to perform”.

Emma was scouted by London dancer Khawab at a competition at Middlesborough last week.

The World Hip Hop Dance Championship will see crews from over 50 countries compete over eight days in Phoenix.

Fundraising is under way to collect £10,000 to fly the team over in August.

Lynsey added: “On behalf of Emma I’d like to request any support you could give to help us.

“For all of the children this would be a dream come true and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime achievement to go over there and bring back that title.”

Emma is planning to fundraise at school and bag-pack to help raise as much as possible for the group.

The team’s Crowdfunding page can be found at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ruffdiamondacademy