Dancers from the Elev8 Studio in Bedford were surprised by their teachers and parents to find out they’d been selected for this year’s Team England.
The unsuspecting hopefuls were called to Zoom meetings which they thought were to discuss feedback on their recent performances.
Unbeknownst to them, their teachers and parents in were in cahoots to reveal they’d been selected for Team England to compete at this year’s Dance World Cup in Spain.
In total, 39 of Elev8 Studios’ dancers will be making their way to Burgos in Spain at the beginning of July for the double 2020 | 2021 Dance World Cup.
Last year’s event, which Elev8 dancers were due to compete in, was cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, so last year’s and this year’s competitions will be run simultaneously in July – pandemic permitting.
Angela and Sarah from Elev8 Studios said: “All our dancers have worked extremely hard over the past year and battled the many challenges they have faced.
“Training has continued throughout lockdown via Zoom and we have been impressed by their continued commitment, dedication and talent.
“Being selected for Team England from the whole country is an incredible achievement.”
Team England this year had a record number of entries, so it makes Elev8’s achievement even more impressive.
“Having been dancing alone in their living rooms / kitchens / bedrooms via Zoom, students are desperate to be dancing together again, so to have four group dances qualify is incredible,” said Angela.
To break the news to the successful dancers, Sarah and Angela arranged for dancers to join a Zoom meeting in small groups for a parents’ evening.
“Parents were in on the ruse and when prompted they handed students their ‘report’ – which looked normal, until they got to the notes section: ‘you have been selected to join Team England’!” said Sarah.
“We had tears, disbelief and lots of happy faces. It was incredible to see the joy that this news brought to these very dedicated dancers, it made us quite emotional.”
Aware that, during a global pandemic, nothing can ever really be planned, the team are preparing a ‘plan B’ if the event can’t take place and are also prepared for it to be postponed until later in the year.
“We are all so excited and keeping our fingers crossed, but even if it’s delayed due to the pandemic, it’s the boost our dancers needed and training is going into overdrive to make sure we’re ready as soon as it’s possible,” said Angela.
“We look forward to resuming live classes in our studios in Bedford and Ampthill, plus our newest location inside the fabulous facilities at Bedford Heights as soon as restrictions are lifted.”
Students selected range in age from seven to 18-years-old and many represent areas across the Borough including Sharnbrook, Oakley, Bromham, Clapham and Bedford. This is an incredible opportunity for these young dancers, whose ages range from 7 – 18 years.
We wish all the dancers the best of luck for the event and are keeping our fingers crossed that it will go ahead in Spain this summer.