It has been an exciting end to the summer for members of a Balloch based dance school who have been impressing on the international stage and dancing with one of the UK’s biggest street dance troupes.

Youngsters from Urbaniks Street Skool of Dance performed their own routine before taking to the stage to freestyle with Flawless at their show at Perth Concert Hall last week.

The Urbaniks team were selected to represent Central Scotland during the former Britain’s Got Talent finalists’ tour after applying to take part and impressing with a video of their latest work.

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Pauline Joseph, who runs the successful school along with her husband Paul, said: “Flawless were lovely guys. It was a great experience for our dancers to take part, represent the area and share the stage with them. They were buzzing.”

It was yet further recognition for the school’s talented performers, who were also among those to compete at the UDO World Street Dance Championships at Glasgow’s SECC last month.

The event involved 20,000 dancers from countries as far afield as Jamaica, Australia, Canada and Japan, but despite the tough competition, Urbaniks’ talent shone through and they collected an impressive haul of trophies.

Their Under 18s team, the Honeys, and Under 14s team, the Hoodlumz, came second in their respective categories, while two quads came second and fourth. Duets Tio-Rayne Joseph and Freya Black came third in the under 12 intermediate category and under 16 duet Paul Barrett and Charlie Crook came fourth.

A soloist came seventh and a parents crew, made up of parents of some of the school’s young performers, also showed off their skills and came in third place out of 18.

It capped a busy August for the competitive dancers at Urbaniks, who were also commissioned to perform at the opening and closing celebrations for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Pauline added: “The Worlds were a really high standard, but it’s amazing because there are countries from all over the world there and you see different cultures of dance, how they perform and what their techniques are.

“It’s lovely the parents crew take part because they are supporting their kids as they perform and then on the night it’s the adult teams and the kids get to support their mums and everybody knows how everybody else feels.

“The European Championships were also great to be involved with and it kept us busy throughout the summer. We were part of the opening parade in Glasgow, which was a massive thing, so it was brilliant.

“Then on the last day of the open water events, the day they were having the medal ceremony, we led the parade, just behind the piper from Lomond Shores to Moss O’Balloch, with the music pumping the whole way. At Moss O’Balloch we put on a performance that we did a few times throughout the day to celebrate the medals.”

In November, over thirty dancers from the school will pursue further success at the UDO 6 Nations Street Dance Championships in November after qualifying to represent Scotland.

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Urbaniks, which also has a school in Milngavie, has gone from strength to strength since it was set up in the early 2000s by Pauline and Paul, who met thirty years ago while at dance college in London.

Now over 300 attend on a weekly basis between the Milngavie School and the school at the Lennox Hall in Jamestown with several former pupils going on to pursue dance as a career and attend colleges in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds and London.

For more information about the dance school call 07780992295.