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Belfast dance group Lil Playaz crowned World Champions in Glasgow

A dance group based in east Belfast have been crowned the Under 14 World Champions.

The kids from Lil Playaz - who dance as part of Ajendance Dance Company - came out on top despite stiff competition from 41 other crews at the UDO World Street Dance Championships 2017 in Glasgow.

The group of 8-11 year olds competed against kids from 33 different countries during the massive competition at the weekend.

Ajendance Dance Company is run by Annika Graham and Clare Montgomery who say they are still in shock following their "phenomenal" win.

Annika told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's such a massive competition and there are so many preliminary rounds to even make it that far, so the best we were hoping for was to get into some finals.

"It's a hard competition and you never go into it expecting to walk it."


As well as their massive World Champion title, the dance school also had three solo finalists, placed third in the Open Quad competition, and a fifth place win in the duo competition.

"The kids are just on top of the world," Annika added. "Clare and I cried our hearts out, of course. They all got their medals, plus a massive trophy.

"We are going to have a big party for all the kids, because when we win, we win as a team. We are a very family-orientated dance company.

"The kids pretty much give up their summer to train for the World Championships. Some of them are in the studio with us five days a week. It's a big commitment for them - but it has definitely paid off."

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