Aylesbury Performing Arts Centre Dancers qualify for Dance World cup - but they need your help!

A group of eleven students from Aylesbury Performing Arts Centre have qualified for this year’s final of the Dance World Cup taking place in Rome.

It has been described as 'the best dance competition on earth' for children and young adults which involves over 6,000 competitors from 62 countries.

The group of students, all from Aylesbury beat out stiff competition in the qualifying rounds to become part of TEAM ENGLAND 2020.

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The team who range in age between 14 and 18 years attend classes at Aylesbury Performing Arts Centre and regularly attend hours’ worth of extra rehearsals and travel all over the south

of the country.

They have previously competed in various competitions and performances but qualifying to represent their country is by far their biggest achievement to date and 'It means the world to them', according to principal Lyndsay Aldred.

She said: “This means so much to the kids and we don't want to let them down by being unable to raise the funds we need to get them to Rome.

"It really is a huge achievement to have qualified for the finals and we’re so extremely proud of them. We hope the local community will get behind them and show their support.

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"We’ve approached local companies to ask if they would be kind enough to offer any sponsorship and we also have a just giving page and any donation no matter how small will help”.

To fund the trip to Italy, the team need to raise £5,000 to cover accommodation, travel, entry fees and the cost of their team England kits.

The competition is only a few months away and the school will now undertake a huge fundraising campaign.

Principal Katie Ford added: “We have the full support of the team’s parents and families and they have been amazing in helping with the planning of various upcoming events including quiz nights, bag packing and raffles etc but we now need to look to the local community for help.

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