Out of hundreds who applied, two Nottingham teens get their big break after being nominated by former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Arlene Phillips, to represent England in the Dance World Cup in June.
The University of Nottingham student Kyra Chapman, 18, of Sneinton and Carlton le Willows Academy A-level student, Shenea Fawzi, 17, of Carlton have been training at the Expressive Arts Academy, in Trent Road, Sneinton for many years.
Ms Phillips chose the girls after their dance teacher, Amal Fawzi, 40, who is also Shenea’s mum, sent a video of them performing an “acro dance” routine called Power as part of their audition for Team England places.
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with balancing elements and the girls lifting and holding each other in the air.
“We’ve only been training for 3 years…It’s surreal.”
Shenea Fawzi, 18
While explaining her own and her partners journey Shenea, 17, said: “We’ve only been training for 3 years, this is our first time auditioning for the world cup as well and straight away we’ve been entered to compete for England – it’s surreal.”
She added, “Me and Kyra have been working so hard, we could only dream of opportunities but now we can’t wait for Portugal and opportunities that will follow.”
Last year the girls won three competitions in Mansfield, Leicester and Birmingham so are a force to be reckoned with.
Shenea’s and Kyra’s couch, Amal Fawzi, said: “They have worked so, so hard.”
“These girls are an inspiration to the other girls in the school and they deserve this.”
“The routine they have got is going to be up there with the best routines, I am sure”, Ms Fawzi said.
At the Dance World Cup, the duo will be one of two groups representing Team England.
The Expressive Arts Academy is covering the cost of the trip by fundraising, they have raised £280 so far.
The school has until the World Cup, which takes place in Braga from June 28 to July 26, to fundraise the remaining £720.