NICOSIA - Two young dancers from a Paphos performing arts school are polishing their dance moves in order to take part in a Europe-wide dance competition being held in early May.
The UDO European Champions (www.udostreetdance.com/events/european2014) focus specifically on the genre of street dance with participants travelling from all over the continent to take part.
The Young Stars Theatre and Performing Arts School in Kissonerga are presenting two of its pupils for the event; 10-year-old George Michaelides and Emily Christodoulou who is 11.
The two children will take part in the event held in Wunderland, Kalkar Germany in the ‘Under 12’s Duo’ category.
“Street Dance is a style our youth relate to today. It’s a style that is influenced by many genres such as commercial street, Krumping, Hiphop, Poppin and Locking, House, Waacking and Breaking,” Young Stars Principal Anna Michaelides told The Cyprus Weekly.
One of the dancers is Michaelides’ son who has been with the school since it opened in 2012. Emily Christodoulou has attended the school since last autumn but has been taught by the school’s Head of Dance, Alison Roumeliotis, for the past five years.
The UDO European Champions, now in their second year, will take place from May 9 to 11 with cash prizes on offer for winners. There will also to be the chance for come category winners to enter the UDO World 2014 Champion event.
“The children have been training an extra two hours a week for the championships with one of my other dance teachers, Charlene Bettis who has choreographed the routine for the competition. This is on top of their usual five hours a week dance classes.”
The two young pupils have had strong support from the local community and were recently invited by the Paphos Cultural office to meet with Mayor Savvas Vergas.
“I am very proud to have such young talent in Paphos and wished you both the very best of luck in the competition,” he said.
The mayor also presented the talented duo with the national flag which they will wave with pride at the UDO opening ceremony.
Not only do the children have the full support of their peers and teachers, Paphos Municipality has made a donation to help with finding for the trip.
“We are all so proud of Emily and George” said Young Stars Principal Anna Michaelides “they have worked so hard and I’m sure that they will make the most of this very exciting experience. All of the Young Stars students are right behind them cheering them on and will be wishing them both the very best of luck”.
The Young Stars Theatre and Performing Arts School run classes in music, singing and all kinds of dance for young people.
In addition to an ongoing busy schedule, Michaelides is organising some special dance workshops this June.
“I am delighted to announce that I have organised in cooperation with Alexia Dance Productions workshops on June 24 at Young Stars in Paphos and June 25 at Dance House in Nicosia master classes with the current winner of Sky 1’s Got To Dance 2013 Canadian contemporary dancer Lukas Mcfarlane,” Michaelides said.
For more information on the school go to: www.youngstarstheatreschool.com