A DANCE crew was today hoping to be a step closer to its dream of lifting a world crown.
Ruff Diamond, from Hartlepool, battled through the heats of the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship at the Red Rock Hotel, in Las Vegas.
They came up against 54 other crews in the first round of the contest and were hoping to get through to the next stage with a top 10 finish.
But a spokesman for the crew said: “We are in shock. We came fourth. Now for the semi-finals.”
Ruff Diamond is made up of dancers aged from 13 to 17. They are up against crews from 35 countries including Argentina, Colombia, India, Japan, Mexico, and South Africa. Each will be hoping to land honours which include titles, medals and £25,000 in prizes.
To get to America, the crew had to hold sponsored events to raise the £15,000 needed for the cost of travel as well as hotel and competition entry fees.
Now that they have come through the first stage, Ruff Diamond faced another dance in the semi finals with the results expected to be known early today.
If they qualify for the finals they will dance one last time to bid for world glory tomorrow.
To reach the world stage, Ruff Diamond had to qualify from the UK Hip Hop Championships at Thorpe Park, Surrey, in June.