Hartlepool hip hop competition hailed a success

Momentum from Dyke House
Momentum from Dyke House
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Youngsters showed off their impressive dance moves in a school hip hop competition.

Students from Hartlepool’s five secondary schools and Catcote Academy entered teams for the contest which proved a big success.

Catcote Academy's dance crew perform

Catcote Academy's dance crew perform

The Borough Hall on the Headland was bouncing for the event which was staged by Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team and the town’s award-winning Hip Hop crew Ruff Diamond.

Daniel Garthwaite, senior sport and physical activity coordinator at the council, said: “It went really well and we had lots of positive feedback.

“This was the second time we have held the competition. Last year we ran it from Manor Academy.

“This time we decided to progress it and do it from the Borough Hall to make it a little bit more of an event.”

St Hild's School's entrey Fierce

St Hild's School's entrey Fierce

In the lead up to the competition, Zac Healey of Ruff Diamond visited all of the schools to help the teams prepare.

It was a closely fought contest with Dyke House Sports and Technology College’s dance crew Momentum being crowned the winners.

They received the trophy on stage from Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Rob Cook who was part of the judging panel.

English Martyrs team Unit 8 came a very close second.

Manor Academy's Illusion

Manor Academy's Illusion

Catcote Academy were named Crowd Favourite and every one who took part received a medal.

The other teams that put on energetic displays for the judges were Fierce from St Hild’s Church of England School, High Tunstall College of Science’s Xtreme, and Illusions from Manor Community Academy.

There are already plans to stage the competition again next year, and possibly to make it even bigger.

Daniel added: “We are hoping to build on it and expand for the following year and possibly make it a Tees Valley event as well.”

Judges Ruff Diamond perform

Judges Ruff Diamond perform

Unit 8 from English Martyrs School

Unit 8 from English Martyrs School

High Tunstall's Xtreme hip hop dance crew

High Tunstall's Xtreme hip hop dance crew