An Ampthill street dance team taught by a 17-year-old student won the gold medal in their very first competition.
Fundamentalz Youth – based at Redborne Upper School – won the prize at the BDO East Anglian regional competition in Peterborough this weekend.
The team is Fundamentalz Dance’s first competitive team and will now travel to the BDO World Championships in 2022.
Fundamentalz Youth competed in the First Timers category and is made up of 11 young dancers aged 10-15, from Ampthill and surrounding areas.
None of the young people had ever participated in a street dance before this weekend.
The team is formed by Mia Beaney, 17, a level A student at Redborne Upper School and founder of Fundamentalz Dance.
Mia also competed, winning the Open Duos category with her partner Kerri-Ann Morrison and placing third in the Open Solos category, meaning she also qualifies to compete in the BDO World Championships next year. .
Mia created Fundamentalz Dance in 2020, and despite the challenges of the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, now teaches over 70 students of all ages in six classes per week at Redborne Upper School.
She said: “Since opening Fundamentalz Dance last summer, my goal has always been to create a team that can compete, and now that the competitions have finally resumed, we are absolutely delighted that we were able to dance and take the first place.
“The team worked very hard to prepare and we are now looking forward to seeing more competitions, creating more teams from our other students and building on the success of this weekend.”