Exmouth’s Western Dance Force team claims 40 trophies

PUBLISHED: 06:55 02 November 2013

Dancers from Exmouth's Western Dance Force celebrating their recent wins at the Wessex Freestyle Championships in Poole: (back row from left) Sabrina Welch, Hattie Musgrove, Jade Thomas, Katie Shorland, Molly Knight, Charlotte Dobbs; (kneeling from left): Sian Leah Western-Moyle and Cleo May

Dancers from Exmouth's Western Dance Force celebrating their recent wins at the Wessex Freestyle Championships in Poole: (back row from left) Sabrina Welch, Hattie Musgrove, Jade Thomas, Katie Shorland, Molly Knight, Charlotte Dobbs; (kneeling from left): Sian Leah Western-Moyle and Cleo May

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AN EXMOUTH dance school has scooped more titles and trophies in a major competition, highlighting the “hard work, determination and team effort” behind the continuing success of its young dancers.

Western Dance Force – run by brother and sister Alex and Sam Western – recently entered 11 dancers in to the Wessex Freestyle Championships, in Poole.

Nearly 500 competitors – aged from four to 21 – participated in the competition, organised by three professional schools.

Western Dance Force picked up around 40 trophies.

“Out of 11 girls that we took, nine of them got in the grand finals,” said Alex. “They dance in different sections – freestyle, disco, solos, pairs, trios, they do street dance, slow dance, street pairs. So there’s a mixture of events that they do over the three days.

“We came back with some good results – some massive trophies.”

The wins at Poole follow on from recent world titles at the World Freestyle Championships, in Blackpool.

What lies behind the school’s success?

“Hard work, determination… it’s a team effort,” said Alex.

“We’re not a soft touch as teachers. You’ve got to be firm with them. That creates champions. The kids have got to be determined and you need good support from the parents.

“It’s not just a case of the competitions, the dressing-up, the glamour side of it. It’s the hard work that goes on behind the scenes that you don’t see… the hours of training and the fitness levels. It’s one of the biggest dance sports for kids in the UK, it’s a safe, controlled environment,” he said. “But it’s not known to the public. What we’re trying to do is get it seen more down here, and more respect for it.”

Western Dance Force, based in Exmouth Community College, welcomes new dancers, starting from three years. Contact Alex on 07879 630863 for more information.


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