Portsmouth dance group takes to the international stage

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Portsmouth dance group The Movement Initiative (TMI) took part in the International Dance Organisation World Hip Hop Championships.

Forty dancers travelled to Rimini in Italy as part of England’s national team, taking on thousands of other dancers from across the world.

TMI’s adult team, Dream Chasers Collective, finished sixth in the adult formations category and Young Dream Chasers finished seventh in junior formations.

Gareth Smith, managing director of TMI, said: ‘It was a great honour and pleasure for the company to be involved with the English national team once again.

‘The standard, as you would expect, was ridiculously high in all disciplines. I’m pleased to say both TMI and the rest of England’s team members made an impact with England finishing third in the overall medal table.

‘The dancers spent about six months preparing for the championship once they had qualified via the English competitions and spent about four hours a week in the studio.

‘The experience of an event like this makes the preparation time worth it. Performing in front of thousands of people with an electrifying atmosphere whilst representing your country is one that these dancers will not forget.’

Ieesha Massiah, 22, came eighth in the adult female solo category and Tony Stannard, 20, was world champion in adult all-style battles.

TMI is based in Fratton and has 83 dancers already enrolled. For more details, go to themovementinitiative.co.uk.