Southsea group dance their way to World Cup success

JUBILATION Dancers (from left) Annabel Nash, 15, Rosie King, 18, Talia Duff, 14, and Harriet Taylor, 19.
JUBILATION Dancers (from left) Annabel Nash, 15, Rosie King, 18, Talia Duff, 14, and Harriet Taylor, 19.

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A Southsea-based dance group has triumphed in this year’s Dance World Cup hosted in Romania.

A group of 13 pupils from Marie Clarke Dance School arrived home earlier this month with an incredible three gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the global contest in Bucharest.

The highest awards came from their performances in tap troupe, modern quartet and modern duet.

The whole of Team England, made up of children from across the country, received a letter from the Queen congratulating them on winning the World Cup ahead of runners-up Spain.

Proud coach Marie Clarke said: ‘It’s the first time we’ve ever been to the Dance World Cup so we didn’t know what to expect but for all 13 pupils to come home with medals is just amazing.

‘We were very excited and honoured to be selected as part of Team England and when the children heard about the letter they were so shocked and amazed.’

The team of dancers, whose ages range between 13 and 19, performed 11 dances across the eight-day event and one dance even received a special honour.

The gold medal-winning tap troupe number was selected to be performed at the Cup’s Gala – an end-of-competition celebration featuring dances from all participating countries.

Other medals received by the pupils came from a song and dance duet, a song duet and two song and dance solos.

Marie said that having the chance to interact with performers from around the globe was an experience to cherish.

She said: ‘Meeting dancers from 30 different countries was just a wonderful experience for the children.

‘They had the best time and it’s given them some lifelong memories.’

Support from home was also strong, with the event streamed live online, which enabled family and friends back in Ports-mouth to watch the team dance thousands of miles away.

Marie Clarke Dance School will 
perform at the Kings Theatre on October 30 and 31.