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Dance school hip hops into theatre festival date

A North Norfolk hip hop crew has been selected to be part of a major international festival coming to Norwich.

Parallel Dance Studios have been chosen to perform at the Breakin’ Convention hip hop event being held at Norwich Theatre Royal on May 13, alongside Legacy and Fly No Filter.

They were among seven different crews who applied to star in the show, which is one of the most highly anticipated events in the British dance calendar. The groups took part in an audition in front of the Breakin’ Convention team and had to perform a piece they had created themselves.

Now the successful groups are looking forward to taking to the stage alongside some of the biggest names in hip hop including the South Korean super crew of poppers and b-boys Just Dance, Canadian urban contemporary duo Tentacle Tribe and South Africa’s renowned Soweto Skeleton Movers.

Parallel Dance Studios was set up by North Norfolk sisters Lucy and Emma Cook and is based in Holt and Reepham. They set it up to bring the fun and benefit of dance for all, and teach a wide range of different styles and techniques at classes around the county. They compete in a number of national and regional competitions in all styles and have also appeared on Sky 1’s Got To Dance. They aim to be creative and choreograph in an interesting and entertaining way while working in a strong family atmosphere.

Emma Kuiiri (Cook) said: “There were seven acts that auditioned for only three spots on stage and our P Diddys group were one of the three successful groups. The youngsters, aged from eight to 11, worked very hard to achieve this and now have lots more work ahead to prepare for the grand performance. The children are so excited and really can’t wait to perform. Their piece is themed around video games featuring Pokemon, Street Fighter and Mario. This is a massive achievement for a small dance school.”

As well as the performance itself, the theatre will be transformed into a hip-hop zone during May 13 with a host of activities planned including graffiti walls, DJ workshops and dance battles, with full details of these additional events being announced in the weeks ahead.

Victoria Jenkins, Norwich Theatre Royal’s education manager (projects), said: “We are so excited to have some of the region’s hottest hip hop talent sharing the stage with some top international acts. The hard work starts now to prepare for this exciting day of performance and creativity which everyone can enjoy.”

Parallel also had success in the UK Street Dance Championshps in London, competing against people from the UK and Europe. The team came home with a second place in the under nine duos with Tianna Kuiiri and Skyela Barden.

Breakin’ Convention, Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £7-£24. Discounts for Friends. Band A-D tickets half price if paid for by the end of February. To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk