Young dancers impress international festival organisers

A group of young hip hop and breakdancers have secured a place at a critically acclaimed international festival.

FlavaBay, who train at the Whitley Bay Young People’s Centre on Monday nights, is a group of young dancers aged from six to 15 and have been together for less than a year.

The students work in a fun, friendly and safe environment learning the fundamental moves and grooves of breaking and hip hop styles from dancers of the world renowned Bad Taste Cru.

Previously FlavaBay have performed at small local venues, with the largest venue they have performed at being the Just Jam International held at Dance City in last October.

However in January, the team from Breakin Convention travelled from London to audition FlavaBay and after weeks of anticipation, found out that they got through

Breakin’ Convention has been producing the critically acclaimed International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre since 2004 at Sadler’s Wells, featuring the best and most influential artists from around the world and this year it is going on tour to towns and cities around the UK, including Whitley Bay.

The international festival of hip hop dance theatre visits Whitley Bay with a line-up of performances by international and local street dance crews.

Lorraine Thomas, whose child attends the group, said: “It is an amazing achievement for our local group to be involved in as well as a brilliant experience.

“They have worked extremely hard to ensure that they achieve the standard required by such an acclaimed festival and rehearsed for hours at a time.

“The hard work and dedication of both Nicola McCarthy and Rukus Saltenis their dance teachers as well as the students is second to none.”

The students involved are Ciaran Butterworth, Edson Angus, Ellen Eyre, Finn Kelly, Jared Reid, Jessica Eberhardt, Jodi Ravestijn, Julia Rogers, Lily Hunt, Luke Million, Mael Thomas, Max Richardson, Morgan Thomas, and Niamh Sinclair.