A YOUNG dance crew has moved a step closer to achieving their dream of world glory.
Diamond Allstars, from Hartlepool, have qualified for the semi-finals of the World Hip Hop Dance Championships at the Red Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.
And they did it despite being the youngest crew in their section, the varsity division.
Diamond Allstars are made up of Georgia Rowley, Paris Kennedy, Joel Copeman, and Charlie Eve, all 14, and Sam Appleyard and Atlanta Burgon, both 15.
They are one of three Hartlepool crews competing at the championships along with Ruff Diamond and Nu Diamond, who were due to take on their rivals late last night.
But Diamond Allstars made sure the Hartlepool contingency, all from the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in Whitby Street South, got off to the perfect start.
Val said: “The Allstars are through to the semi-finals which will be held on Friday and it was great stuff as they were the youngest crew in the division.”
The three crews had to qualify for the world finals by coming through the dance UK Hip Hop Dance Championships, in Watford, where they had to finish in one of the top two positions.
The Ruff Diamond crew is made up of dancers aged 17 to 21 and are battling it out in the adult section of the tournament while Nu Diamond is a team of nine to 12-year-olds competing in the junior section. The world championships continue until Sunday, August 5.
And if the Hartlepool crews make it to the grand finale of the prestigious event, they will perform in the Orleans Arena on the Las Vegas strip.