Dancers popped and locked to reach the top at tournament

Killing It perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-707)
Killing It perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-707)
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THE hip-hop community gathered together to watch the best street dance crews from across the country.

Mountbatten Centre, Hilsea is usually crammed with those wanting to work out but this weekend it played host to the UK Hip Hop Dance Championship.

Killing It perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-720) PPP-150419-153659006

Killing It perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-720) PPP-150419-153659006

It was marking its 10th year which has spawned the careers of Plague, Peridot, Unity UK, Ruff Diamond, DNA and many more.

Around 500 dancers from across the country came to show off awe-inspiring tricks and amazing dance performances.

One of those was Zara Richards, 23, from Hertfordshire.

Her team the Warrioz were taking part in the mega crew category which is made of teams with 15-40 members.

Maniax perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-777) PPP-150419-153713006

Maniax perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-777) PPP-150419-153713006

She said: ‘It is a big opportunity to come here and perform, it is the first time we have been able to.

‘We had to fundraise a lot to get here but it will be great.’

Another crew hoping to secure the top spot was Addict from Leicester who brought three teams with them to perform.

Dancer Ryan Perry, from Leicester said: ‘We wanted to come here and show what we could do.

Maniax perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-789) PPP-150419-153734006

Maniax perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-789) PPP-150419-153734006

‘We are a bit more alternative than the usual hip-hop dancers but we looked forward to performing.’

Dancers from the age of seven got their spell in the limelight to see if they would get the chance to go to the ‘Worlds’ event in San Diego, California, in August.

Superstarz perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-808) PPP-150419-153803006

Superstarz perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-808) PPP-150419-153803006

Superstarz perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-831) PPP-150419-153832006

Superstarz perform at UK Hip Hop Dance Championship at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150709-831) PPP-150419-153832006