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January 04 2022

Street dancers from 3D Dance strut their stuff on stage at King's Oak theatre before an audience of family and friends

Street dancers from 3D Dance strut their stuff on stage at King's Oak theatre before an audience of family and friends

ABOUT 150 young dancers wowed the crowds with two sell-out street dance performances.
Pupils aged four to 18 from 3D dance put on their first live shows for 18 months at the Hexagon theatre in King’s Oak Academy.
They had trained for 10 weeks at Hanham Community Centre r to learn their dance routines. For many of the younger dancers, Covid restrictions meant this was the first time they’d ever performed on stage.
In addition, the audience was treated to performances from two professional street dance squads.
Knowle West-based Dark Angels featured in BBC series The Greatest Dancer in 2020 and also won the All-Star World Championships in Florida. They are about to appear in a reality series on E4, provisionally titled “Breaking Bristol.”
Bristol dance collective The Jam Movement began performing on the city streets in 2009 and now performs and competes at shows and events around the world.
The two shows were compered by QVC presenter James Murden, who lives locally.
Life-long Hanham resident Louise Hopton, 40, founded the dance school 16 years ago at Hanham Community Centre.
Since then, street dance has become so popular that she now runs 15 classes a week in Hanham and Emersons Green for more than 256 children and adults.
She said: “We’re riding the wave of street dance becoming very popular and featuring in a lot of TV programmes.
“We’re lucky because all our dancers who were with us before Covid came back once restrictions were lifted.
“We carried on offering free classes online throughout the lockdowns to keep our young people moving, but we did it on a voluntary basis because it was a tough time for everyone.
“It was brilliant to have all the dancers together performing again and they worked so hard.
“I wanted to include the professional dancers to help inspire my dancers.”
The school is welcoming new dancers this term. Full details of classes are on their Facebook page, 3D Dance Bristol, and Louise can be contacted at louisewelsh160@hotmail.com