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HUNDREDS of dancers took to the floor to strut their stuff as they fought it out for a place in the UDO Street Dance world championships.

About 1,000 people took part in the regional qualifying event at The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth where they tried out their best moves to win a coveted place for the finals in Glasgow next year, where they could win a share of £20,000 in cash and prizes.

UDO World Street Dance regional competition at the Mountbatten Centre. Pictured is a dance member from the Portsmouth Most Wanted crew - Tia Simmons 10''''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (123436-579)

UDO World Street Dance regional competition at the Mountbatten Centre. Pictured is a dance member from the Portsmouth Most Wanted crew - Tia Simmons 10''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (123436-579)

Event manager Caroline Prothero said: ‘We had about 500 solo dancers and about 300 duos, so I think it was about 1,000 people altogether.

‘It’s been a very successful day. It’s our second time here, and last year we had about 700 dancers, so it’s definitely growing – there’s more people getting involved and wanting to be active.

‘There are some amazingly talented dancers out there, especially some of those young ones.

‘We had people come from as far afield as Essex one way and Bristol in the other, but I know there are some really good crews here in Portsmouth as well, like Streetforce DC and the 22 Kru.’