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Sussex-Based Dance Company To Represent England At Dance World Cup 2024

Sussex-based dance company Genesis Performing Arts will represent England in Prague next week at the Dance World Cup.

The group has been busy raising funds to cover the cost of the trip, which involves getting 55 dancers, aged 7-20 years, over to Prague for the competition, which will be held on June 28. 

Regarded as the foremost global dance competition for children and young adults, the Dance World Cup draws over 120,000 participants from 62 countries annually, highlighting the intensity of the competition.

Thanks to a sponsorship deal with Sussex-based gas company, Catergas Ltd, the troupe will now be able to compete.

Anthony Gray, Managing Director of Catergas said:

“My daughter, Willow, attends Genesis and has been a part of the performance team for the last 2 years. It’s a huge honour for her and the rest of the team to have successfully auditioned to represent their country on the global stage. They are working extremely hard in rehearsals, and I could not be prouder to sponsor this amazing team.”

The Genesis Performing Arts team will be competing across the mini, children, junior, and senior sections, taking with them an impressive 55 routines comprising 24 groups, 18 solos, and 13 duets/trios — marking the largest team the school has ever assembled and one of the largest in the entire country.

Victoria Hampson, principal of Genesis Performing Arts, said:

“The whole team has been involved in various fundraising activities that will help cover their entry fees, England kit, rehearsal, and costume costs, which is upwards of £3,500 per pupil. It’s been a huge task, and so this sponsorship is very welcome and very much appreciated by the whole team.”

Anthony added:

“I truly wish the whole team the very best of luck and hope they have an amazing experience.”

Genesis Performing Arts has created a fundraising page for anyone who wishes to help the group achieve its goal: https://www.gofundme.com/f/genesis-performing-arts-dance-world-cup-2024.

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