Dance World Cup beckons for Perse pupil following England team selection
11 Jan 2019
Sorcha Brickel (Year 8) is aiming to help the England team defend their junior tap title at the Dance World Cup in Portugal this summer.
The Perse pupil was part of the group from Bishop’s Stortford’s Graham School of Dance and Theatre Arts that was crowned champions representing the country in this category at last year’s competition in Barcelona. She will also be competing for England in the senior (open) song and dance and junior (17 and under) song and dance events in Braga between 28 June and 6 July.
Sorcha, who began dancing aged three, is hopeful of more success in what will be her third visit to Dance World Cup, having participated for the first time in Germany in 2017.
She said: “Since we won the junior tap event last year, we’d like to hold on to that title, but we’ll be performing a new dance with different people and I’m hoping for the best. Canada took part for the first time last year and they came second, so they could be our main rivals.
“Canada do it slightly differently to us in that we put dance school teams through to represent England, whereas they audition individual dancers and put the best ones into a group and they were very good last year.”
Despite it being Sorcha’s third selection for the Dance World Cup, she said it remains an honour to be chosen, but that a lot of rehearsal time would go into ensuring the groups she will be performing with are ready for action.
She said: “We have a set day each week that we practise for 45 minutes. Sometimes we’ll go over things really slowly to make sure we’ve got them all the same and sometimes we’ll just run through routines a lot of times, but I’m really excited and looking forward to the competition.”
Listen to Sorcha talk about her experiences of previous Dance World Cup tournaments below.