MORE than 300 schoolchildren took streetdance to Southsea’s Kings Theatre in a spectacular competition.
Talented seven to 16-year-olds from schools across the city took to the stage for a festival of styles including body popping and break-dancing.
The sixth annual Most Wanted Dance Off, run jointly by the University of Portsmouth and the city council, was bigger and better than ever before.
Nine primary schools and six secondary schools battled it out for the winning trophies.
All the youngsters involved were coached for free by university students and a member of the Most Wanted dance crew.
Carly-Ann Purcell, the university’s dance development officer, who runs Most Wanted, said: ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to get young people involved in streetdance which is great fun and also keeps you fit!
‘The standard of dancing was really good, especially when you consider most of the pupils were beginners.
‘I hope they will all be inspired to keep it up.
‘Streetdance is my passion and I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try it out.’
Alfie Purkiss, eight, who was in a 20-strong team from Victory Primary in Paulsgrove, said before his group’s performance: ‘I’m looking forward to going on stage.
‘It’s an amazing theatre and the atmosphere will be incredible. I’d like to dance for a career, so this is going to be an amazing opportunity.
‘Everyone is buzzing with excitement and of course I hope we win!’
Kassim Shakur, 11, from St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport, said: ‘I enjoyed the lessons and I’m confident we’ll do well.
‘I hope we get good comments from the judges.’
Olivia Tett, 15, from Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor, came second last year and said she was determined to see her group walk away with the winning trophy after their performance.
She said: ‘We’ve been rehearsing so hard in our lunch breaks and after school.
‘There were a few beginners in our group but they’ve done brilliantly and are up to standard.’
She added: ‘There’s something about streetdance that is so addictive.
‘If someone asked me to dance contemporary I wouldn’t be up for it, but this is different. It gives me a lift.’