The young dance troupe representing Wales after a year of practice on Zoom

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A Bridgend dance school represents Wales at the Dance World Cup after more than a year of online practice.

The Revolutionize Dance Company 5-14 year old team will dance for Wales in the final to be held in Telford, Shropshire from Saturday 14 August.

The 17-person team has come a long way to be ready for this competition, having spent over a year training online.

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Rebecca Pritchard, whose daughter Ava, 6, is part of the Wales squad, said the group were desperate to perform live after 18 long months.

“Before the first lockdown, they were at Disney to play,” she explained, “but Disney was actually shut down while they were all there, and they were sent home.”



Bridgend dance school represents Wales at the 2021 World Cup of Dance in August

After that, like most other things in the world, the classes were transferred to the dance group in isolation from their own home.

Rebecca praised the kids for sticking to it: “I think their commitment is something that absolutely needs to be highlighted.

“Obviously, all through the lockdown and stuff, it could have been really easy to lose their training and interest.

“Then they brought him back and qualified for the World Cup and I think that’s a huge achievement for all of them.”



Children practicing at home on Zoom during confinement
Children practicing at home on Zoom during confinement



Children practicing at home on Zoom during confinement
Children practicing at home on Zoom during confinement



Children practicing at home on Zoom during confinement
Children practicing at home on Zoom during confinement

Principal Holly Molino also praised the children’s efforts. She said: “The kids are so excited they’ve worked so hard in such a short time after being on Zoom for so long.”

After qualifying and getting the nod in such a short period of time after the lockdown, the team had a lot of obstacles to overcome.

Rebecca explained, “The option came up about six or seven weeks ago for them to send in auditions to compete in the 2021 World Cup of Dance.

“It’s basically intense workout since then. The routines obviously all got repeated throughout the Zoom lock, but it was mostly progression done on Zoom and workout tips and stuff ready to use in. the new routine. “



Revolutionize Dance's Wales Hideaway
Revolutionize Dance’s Wales Hideaway

The quick delay between qualifying and the final meant that the team had to quickly update their outfits as most of the kids had grown too big for their dance gear.

“It’s such a short period of time and recognition has to be given to Holly, the manager, she has done a lot to organize everything.”

The dance school also has dancers entering the solo and duo categories, in hopes of bringing more success back to Wales.

“Everyone is so excited now to go, they just can’t wait.”

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