Video: School boy prepares for international dance championships
PUBLISHED: 14:54 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010
A FIFTEEN-year old boy from Langley Upper Green is preparing to take on the world s best choreographers in an international competition in Las Vegas. Newport Free Grammar School student Lindon Barr and his dance crew Elementz are celebrating after their t
Newport Free Grammar School student Lindon Barr and his dance crew Elementz are celebrating after their triumph at the UK Hip-Hop Championships, when they came third in their category.
Lindon said: "The competition was very strong - we were up against 18 teams from all over the country."
As well as choreographing every routine Elementz performed at the championship, Lindon also took part in the dancing, a fact that helped set the crew apart from the competition's other entrants."On stage each team had to answer a few questions about themselves, including who their choreographer was," he said. "Most teams would point towards someone in the audience - I think it made quite an impression when I said it was me, as it's unusual for one of the dancers to be the choreographer too!"
Elementz, a group of seven dancers, took third place in the varsity category for 12- to 18-year-olds. The panel of judges was made up of seasoned professionals, including the choreographer of a former world championship-winning crew and the son of the inventor of "locking", a distinctive style of dancing.
However, although Elementz have secured their place in the world championship at the end of July, there is still the small matter of financing their trip - Elementz need to raise £5000 to make the journey.
Lindon said: "Travelling over to Las Vegas and taking part in the world championship is our dream - a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We all really want to go, as we don't know if we'll ever get another chance."
The success of Elementz is all the more remarkable because the team only meet once a week, at Bodywork's dance studio in Cambridge. Most of the competitors they faced at the UK championships meet three times as often.
Lindon was thrilled by his troupe's success at the contest at the beginning of the month, but last week he received more good news: he has been accepted to begin studying a three-year diploma at Bodywork in September.
He said: "Everything seems to be happening at once! I'm extremely pleased to get into the school - it's highly competitive, with between 700 and 800 applicants trying to get one of just 40 or 50 places."
It is unlikely Lindon's family were surprised that he was accepted however - both of his parents play musical instruments, and his older sister Emma is a successful graduate from the Cambridge dance school, so performing arts is in his blood.
If you think you can help Lindon and the rest of Elementz reach their £5000 target for their trip to the world hip-hop dance championship in July, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.