Skittlez Dance Crew Ready To Showcase Act

A group of Performing Arts students from East Durham College is getting the young people of Hartlepool and East Durham into the groove with their body-shaking moves.

The Skittlez SuperCrew dance troop will be showcasing their impressive body-popping and locking techniques during a launch event at East Durham College, in Peterlee, this Thursday.

As well as wowing the crowds with their talents, they also hope to raise money to get them to a number of forthcoming dance competitions, including the Southern Street Dance Stars event, in Kent, on 5th December.

They need around £1,000 in sponsorship to pay for travel, accommodation and outfits and also plan to take part in further competitions, in Kent and Amsterdam, next year.

Skittlez, which has eight members, is headed by East Durham College students Levi Watson, 16, from Seaton Carew, Nathaniel Isebor, 20, who comes from London, but lives in Sunderland, and Brodie Jobson, 17, from Peterlee.

The group, whose other members are Eden Sowa, Joe Davison, Reece Adams, Adam Harrison and Reece Wales, already has a large fanbase, having performed at the monthly Cathedral dance nights at Peterlee Leisure Centre.

Levi was previously in Hartlepool-based hip hop dance troop Ruff Diamond, but branched out on his own and set up a group called Rebound, with separate boys and girls sections, at the Debbie Barrass Academy of Dance.

Nathaniel also runs dance sessions at the College, in Willerby Grove.

Former St Hild's and Wellfield pupil Levi said: "We have been going for about three months and really want to get to Kent. It means a lot. We want to get noticed."

Nathaniel, who joined the College two years ago, said: "There was only traditional ballet and dance going on. I was teaching my style of dance and then Brodie came along.

"Then we met Levi and heard he could dance, so we mixed our dance combinations together."

During the launch event, there will be singers and DJs in and outside The Lubetkin Theatre, as well as Wii games.

There will also be performances by Skittlez SuperCrew, the Rebound Boys, Rebound Cheerleaders, a bouncy castle, simulated sumo wrestling and snacks donated by Walkers Crisps.

The event takes place from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at the College on Thursday.

Anyone wanting to sponsor the boys, or donate raffle prizes for the event, can call Amanda Gregory at the College on 0191 518 2000.