Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Video: Sam Shattock wins world street dance championship - aged just nine

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 September 2014

Platinum Dance Studio in Bury have had success at a street dance competition. Sam Shattock.

Platinum Dance Studio in Bury have had success at a street dance competition. Sam Shattock.

Archant

A nine-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds has danced his way to become a world champion.

Platinum Dance Studio in Bury have had success at a street dance competition. Sam Shattock.Platinum Dance Studio in Bury have had success at a street dance competition. Sam Shattock.

Sam Shattock, who is a member of Platinum Dance Academy off Bury’s Eastgate Street, recorded his greatest achievement in dance so far at the UDO (United Dance Organisation) World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow at the end of last month.

He beat off competition from around the world to be crowned winner of the under-10 novice category.

Sam has managed to achieve this success despite suffering from moderate hearing loss in both ears, which he said does not hold him back.

His proud mother Michelle said: “Street dance has got such a beat anyway, I think that probably helps him. Dancers do dance to the beat and count the beats.”

Sam Shattock with one of the judges at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.Sam Shattock with one of the judges at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.

Sam, who attends St Louis Catholic Middle School in Bury, said: “One of the dancers came up to me at the world championships and said ‘it just goes to show anyone can dance’.”

The youngster, who has been learning street dance for the past two and a half years, already had three championship wins at regional level under his belt, but this year’s UDO competition was the first time he had made his name globally.

Sam said: “Because I hadn’t danced in that kind of size auditorium and that many people by myself that made me a bit nervous, but when I went on there I was just fine.”

Sam, who has been dancing since the age of about six, said he got into it really through “jigging about” to his favourite music.

Sam Shattock at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.Sam Shattock at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.

He is huge fan of dancer Calvin Francis, who is met at the world championships in Glasgow, and is already thinking about taking part in next year’s competition. Lorna Adams, who runs Platinum Dance Academy, is delighted with the success of her dance school at the recent UDO championships.

In the finals, Scarlett Roscamp finished seventh in the under 10 novice group, team Nemesis came fifth in the under-14 novice category and team Uknight took sixth place in the under-18 novice group.

“I was so proud. I was crying my eyes out,” Miss Adams said.

For more information on Platinum Dance Academy visit www.platinum-dance.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A memorial ride is being held on Sunday in tribute to the victim of a Clacton road crash.

One of the police officers who suffered life-changing injuries in Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Westminster was from Braintree, it has been reported.

Mike Spenser-Morris, of NHP Holdings, would pump millions of pounds into the proposed Travelodge and Starbucks development in Bury St Edmunds.

Ambulance crews have been held-up caring for patients at hospital emergency departments in Suffolk and Essex for more than five hours at a time.

Grade II listed Bawdsey Manor is set to open as a children’s adventure holiday centre this summer after being bought up by the PGL brand.

More than one child is exploited in Suffolk every day, new figures have revealed, but a charity boss has warned this is “just the tip of the iceberg”.

The chief executive of national charity Mind has said leaders need to “turn rhetoric into reality” in order to truly bridge the gap between physical and mental health services.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24