By Bejay Browne
TWO rising stars are representing Cyprus for the first time at the UDO European street dance championships in Germany this weekend.
The youngsters both attend the Young Stars theatre and performing arts facility in Paphos, founded by Anna Michaelides. One of them is her ten year old son George and he is joined by 11-year-old Emily Christodoulou.
Anna, who is also a teacher and performer said: “In January we hosted three guest teachers from Pineapple dance studios in the UK. One of them is involved with the championship and recommended that both children enter.”
According to Michaelides, the children were approved by meeting the required competition standards and were invited to attend the dance-off, which began yesterday.
“Usually dancers compete in their own countries where the top five are chosen, but there is nothing like that here, so they were accepted in an alternative way.”
The two young street dancers were excited recently to meet Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas who presented them with a cheque for 100 euros each from the cultural committee and a Cyprus flag which they carried at the opening ceremony. The money is being used to pay for their costumes, as they entered as a duo.
The pair join hundreds of other children from all over Europe, vying against each other in a number of categories.
They face 70 other couples competing in their age category alone.
The children are due to perform a routine of a minute and a half, highlighting the five aspects of street dance, including breaking, house, popping and locking.
“They all have to take to the floor and dance their routines over and over again, until they are either eliminated by a tap on the shoulder, or they stay on the floor and go through to the next round,” Michaelides said.
Organisers say that the three-day event is a platform for some of the hottest crews in Europe to show off their talents, and for the second year is being held in Wunderland, Kalkar.