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From after-school dance club to world champions – Blackpool teenagers bring top street dancing trophies to their doorstep

The seven boys won six trophies, including two first prizes.

Dylan Dennis, 15, was crowned world champion in the under-16 solo category.

He said: “We rehearsed for months solidly and now we are champions. We competed in 2019 but didn’t make it to the finals, so the hard work paid off.

Michael Omoruyi, 14, and Dylan Dennis, 15 with their UDO World Street Dancing Championships trophies at Blackpool Winter Gardens

They battled against 230 teams from 30 countries in the four-day event.

Michael Omoruyi, 14, and Ethan Early, 15, were also crowned world champions in the under-16 intermediate duo category.

The boys all train at Skool Of Street, a community dance school on Back Reads Road.

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Ethan Early, 15, Michael Omoruyi, 14 with their first duo trophy. Dylan Dennis, 15, and Angelo Diamante, 17, with their third duo trophy at the UDO Street Dancing World Championships in Blackpool Winter Gardens

And the lottery-funded charity introduced Dylan to street dancing.

They ran an after-school dance club once a week at Revoe Learning Academy, where Dylan was a fourth-grade student.

Dylan added: “I liked school but the dance class was the highlight of my week”.

Then he obtained a scholarship to train at the school of performing arts and reinforced his commitment to dance.

The team danced to a mix of popular songs remixed in a hip hop style.

They also had success in June, when the band members won battles and came second at Calling U Out – a nationwide competition also held at the Winter Gardens.

Samantha Bell Docherty, co-manager, said: “They were all very focused and positive all weekend. Proud is an understatement! It’s been a long time coming for these boys.”