Belfast dance crews to compete in World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow
Two dance crews from west Belfast have qualified for the UDO World Street Dance Championship finals and will compete for titles in Glasgow next month.
Both groups are coached by Prime Intensity Dance Crew in west Belfast - who recently had two of its members perform on stage with Justin Bieber during his Dublin concert.
The teams representing Ireland at the huge event are Too Short which is comprised of girls aged 6-9 years old, and Jackin For Beats who are aged between 10-13.
Jackin For Beats came out in first place during their qualifying round for the World Championships.
Dance coach Shannon Mateer said the girls worked really hard to get to this point.
"Ahead of the qualifying rounds, Jackin For Beats were out of competitions for about seven months due to injury, so they were really nervous to be back at it," she said. "They were absolutely buzzing when they came in first place."
She added: "All the girls have been brilliant - they had their first proper practice this week and whereas before we would be kind of chilled out, now we are getting stuck in.
"I was really proud of them because all of them have worked really hard and that's us on the ball now until the Worlds.
"I'm going to have to increase the amount of training due to a lot of kids going on holiday because it was all really unexpected. We'll have to have some intense training to get us prepared."
It's been a busy few weeks for Prime Intensity after members Meghan Sewell (11) and Holly Sullivan (12) were picked from thousands of hopefuls to perform with Justin Bieber at the RDS Arena last month.
"We've had a lot of good news recently," explained Shannon. "Ever since we opened our new studio it seems like everything has just fallen into place.
"One week we had our opening day, the week after we had the World qualifiers where Jackin For Beats got first place.
"And then the following week Meghan and Holly danced for Justin Bieber. Every week from we moved into the new studio we have had really good news, so I hope it keeps up."
To raise money to get the girls to Glasgow, a family fundraising event has been organised at Caffrey's Bar in west Belfast for Sunday, July 23.
"There's going to be a lot of prizes on offer," said Shannon. "The parents have been brilliant - they've been getting local people and businesses to donate prizes and they have been amazing."
Too Short and Jackin For Beats will compete at the UDO World Street Dance Championships from August 24-27, with £16,000 up for grabs for the best dance crew.
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