Eleven students from a Didcot dance school are riding high after being chosen to represent England at the Dance World Cup in Prague next year.

The 11 dancers, aged nine to 12, from Angels Performing Arts, have been chosen from 5000 potential entrants. 

They will perform in two separate categories: as a troupe in acrobatics and one boy from the 11 in a boy’s solo jazz performance.

The event will take place at the Congress Centre (in Prague) from June 26 to July 2, with 56 countries competing.

With preparations underway, the performers are welcoming any local business, organisations and individuals to sponsor them and help fund the cost of the trip with travel, accommodation and entry fees.  

Three sponsors have already been secured, with room for three more on the dancers’ event kit.

Interested parties can speak with Ms Featherstone by emailing and/or can visit the team’s GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/england-representation-at-dance-world-cup-2024

The event begins with an opening ceremony and then sees participants compete in heats and vie to win their respective categories, ranked and graded by judges.

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Jennie Featherstone, principal director of Angels Performing Arts, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our selected dancers to represent England and compete at one of the biggest dance events in the world.

“This is the first time anyone from the school has been selected for the annual competition. They are hugely excited but the focus is now on practicing every week so they are at their best standard.”