THEY’VE got all the right moves – and now dance group 2nd 2 Nun are through to the finals of a major European competition.
The group, whose members are based in and around Portsmouth, took part in the national rounds of the IDO European Hip Hop, Electric Boogie and Breakdance Championships at London’s O2 Arena.
Two of their teams made it through to the finals.
The 220 Kru for over 16s and 220 Youth for 12 to 16-year-olds will fight it out for the top spot in Slagelse, Denmark, against hundreds of other dancers from across the continent in the competition, which takes place from July 1 to 3.
It is the first time the group has entered the competition’s team formation category and the dancers have spent four months perfecting their routines at Southsea Fire Station and in the gymnasium at Crookhorn College of Technology, Waterlooville.
Si Charles Massiah, of Clapton Road, Cosham, dances for 220 Kru.
The 18-year-old said: ‘I’ve been dancing for three years now and waited a long time for something like this.
‘We’ve all been working really hard putting in hours of practice and it’s paid off.’
With confidence running high, the members’ main concern is how they will raise enough money to send the 20 dancers who qualified to the competition.
It is expected to cost around £5,000 and after having had their annual grant of £1,800 from Havant Borough Council cut last March, the dancers need to raise funds for the trip themselves.
They have organised a waxing event for some of the older male dancers and the dads of some of the younger team, a bike ride from Havant to Southampton in fancy dress and a celebration party for the dancers’ friends and family with a raffle in a bid to raise some cash.
Firefighters from Southsea have pledged to help them wash cars in B&Q’s car park, Fratton, and they are hoping to arrange bag packing slots at supermarkets across the area.
Gareth Smith, 34, of Cuthbert Road, Fratton, runs the group. He said: ‘It would be such a shame if money was the thing that stopped them getting there.’
Anyone interested in sponsoring 2nd 2 Nun should call Gareth on 07833 431329.