Global street dancers strut their stuff in Sheffield

Chris Rowe, of Parkhill competed in the Global Street Dance Championships at the O2 Academy. Picture: Andrew Roe
Chris Rowe, of Parkhill competed in the Global Street Dance Championships at the O2 Academy. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Hundreds of performers from across the world strutted their stuff as the Global Street Dance Championships were held in Sheffield for the first time.

Around 600 performers, from as far afield as Brazil, America and Africa showed off their moves at the O2 Academy on Sunday.

Chris Rowe, of Parkhill competed in the Global Street Dance Championships at the O2 Academy. Picture: Andrew Roe

Chris Rowe, of Parkhill competed in the Global Street Dance Championships at the O2 Academy. Picture: Andrew Roe

Organiser Martyn McLoughlin said the event had been a great success and hopes it will now return to Sheffield on an annual basis.

Among the winners at the event were Britain’s Got Talent finalists Addict Initiative.

Acts were judged in a range of different categories by Dutch dancer Paradoz, who flew over from Holland for the competition.

Martyn said: “It went really well and we had just under 1,000 people turn up with about 600 competitors.

Chris Rowe, of Parkhill competed in the Global Street Dance Championships at the O2 Academy. Picture: Andrew Roe

Chris Rowe, of Parkhill competed in the Global Street Dance Championships at the O2 Academy. Picture: Andrew Roe

“We had people from all over Europe, two groups from Africa, one from Brazil and one from America.”

Despite the international flavour of the competition, it was British performers who caught the eye of the judges, with winners including Team Wales and the solo champion being Jazzie Mattis, from Nottingham.

Martyn said: “It was a high standard of competition and Paradox was really impressed with it.

“The feedback has been great.

“Next year we are starting to hold regional events in Nottingham and Manchester but the global event will always be in Sheffield.”