Dancer Ava aims for glory

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A young dancer is aiming for glory at the World Street Dance Championships which take place in Glasgow this weekend.

Ava Cassells (15) a member of the Debbie Eadie School of Dance in Bishopbriggs, will be joining more than 6,000 competitors from across the world who will descend on the city’s SECC.

She has been busy practising for the international competition as part of Scottish street dance crew “Disruption”.

Already a talented tap and cheer dancer, Ava fell in love with the energy and variety of street dancing when she was 10-years-old.

She said: “Street dance isn’t a type of dance I thought I would take up but as soon as I started classes I knew it was for me.

“I love to dance and this style lets you try so many exciting moves and tricks I never thought I would be able to do, and it’s becoming more popular than ever before.

“Our crew have only competed in two street dance competitions so far, so we’re over the moon to have been accepted to compete at the World Championships.

“The fact that the event is taking place so close to home makes it even more special and I’m sure will help us do even better than expected when the day comes.”

Ava and her team will be up against rivals from 30 countries, including Japan, Australia and Canada, who made it through the qualifying rounds over the past year.

She said: “We can’t wait to find out what routines we will be up against.”

Ava, from Bishopbriggs, has been training four times a week.

Her crew will take part in the under-18s category of the competition.

She said: “Ideally I would love to use this experience to take dance forward as a career.

“I’ve already learnt so much in such a short time and it would be fantastic to pass these skills on to others.”

The UDO World Street Dance Championships run from Friday to Sunday,

The organisation also offers a national schools dance championship and a teacher and student qualification.

Tickets can be purchased from the SECC on the day. 
Advance tickets are also available online at