Sheffield dancing queens crowned world champs

World street dance competitors Isobel Elston and Elle-Rose Pickering
World street dance competitors Isobel Elston and Elle-Rose Pickering
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Two young dancing queens from Sheffield have shimmied their way to success in a prestigious national competition.

Isobel Elston and Ellie-Rose Pickering were crowned winners at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow for the second year in a row.

World street dance competitors The Business

World street dance competitors The Business

The pair, who attend Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, also compete as part of a dance troupe which was spotted by talent scouts recruiting acts for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent series.

Isobel, aged 14, and Ellie-Rose, 15, competed in the Under 16 Intermediate Duos category, and came first. The duo had won the championship title for duos under 14 the previous year.

Isobel and Ellie-Rose attend the Dancedaze Dance School in Dronfield.

Owner Richard Hawke said: “As a duo, they fit so well together and you can see they enjoy performing together.

“To win a world championship once is fantastic –but to win twice in a row is an amazing achievement.”

The pair are also part of a funk group called ‘The Business’ with seven other girls.

Collectively, the nine members of the group have more than 160 dance trophies from various regional events.

The team formed just under four years ago and the girls practise at least twice a week. Their hard work paid off when the team took fourth place in the competitive Under 18 Advanced category. And at a previous contest, The Business’ routine caught the eye of television producers from Britain’s Got Talent. The group travelled to Manchester to audition and appeared in the first episode of series nine in April this year.

The show was eventually won by Jules O’Dwyer with her dog(s), Matisse.

The group is already preparing for next year’s championships and came first in the Yorkshire-wide qualifiers earlier this month.