FIVE young hopefuls from a dance school in Paphos will represent Cyprus at the world finals of an International dance event which will be held in Jersey next week.
The Thompson school of dance and performing arts in Kissonerga in Paphos, has successfully qualified five talented young dancers to represent Cyprus at one of the biggest dance competition events in the world- The Dance World Cup.
The competition sees around 12,000 dancers aged between 4-25 from 38 different countries attempting to qualify for the final which is held at a different location each year. Previous locations include Jersey, Sardinia, France and Austria.
The dancers chosen to compete at the finals have all come in the top 20 in the world in their age division and genre of dance, according to the Cyprus team’s teacher, dance school principal, Natalie Thompson.
She said that the five girls will travel to the Channel Islands to compete and are aged between 10 and 12, and are all residents of Paphos. For the first time this year, video footage was admissible for judging for smaller countries, such as Cyprus, and the teacher put forward five of her pupils.
“I was ecstatic when I was informed that all five dancers had qualified, it was fantastic news and I didn’t expect it. The girls are all overjoyed and can’t wait for the competition,” she told the Cyprus Mail.
The Cyprus team is made up of both solo and group performances. The Cyprus hopefuls will compete in the following categories: solo song and dance, lyrical dance solo, tap dance solo, tap dance group, song and dance group, acrobatic duet and lyrical dance group.
The qualifiers, all girls, are aged between 10-12 years old and stand a chance to win cash prizes, trophies and medals, said Thompson.
Dance World Cup is open to anyone who attends a dance school that is not state run. The standard is high and competitors must receive 65 marks or above to qualify to compete at the Dance World Cup Finals.
Thompson set up the Thompson School of dance and performing arts in Paphos is 2009. It caters for dancers, both boys and girls, of all different abilities, aged 2-18 years, although she also holds classes for adult dancers as well.
This year’s finals of the Dance World Cup will be held at Fort Regent centre, St. Helier, Jersey between Saturday 25 June and Saturday 2 July 2016.