Streetfunk is an amazing form of dance and it will have your toes tapping as you marvel at the skill and talent involved. Mums Da Word! – a group of Mums, many of whom have been professional dancers but others who have little or no dance experienced, have just triumphed at the European Championships in Germany.
Three of the dancers tell us what it means to them. First, Catherine Merrick:
‘It’s amazing being part of a group like Mums Da Word! It’s such a unique opportunity, having the commonality of motherhood and yet for an hour each week being able to forget about kids’ teatime and just dance! Our teacher/choreographer, Monique, gets it right every time and is so much fun.
‘We worked hard to compete at the European championships in mid-May and were delighted to win the parent category. I think the beauty of ‘us’ is that some of us have danced before, but some of us have never danced before, and Monique does a brilliant job of working with that and making sure we all feel equally involved.
‘We are looking forward to dancing at the Steyning Festival, as we love performing as a group, albeit a slightly smaller group than we were at the Europeans! It is great to be involved in a local festival with such an exciting and diverse programme of events and performances.’
Next, Helen Bunyan:
‘MDW are still on such a high after winning the European UDO Street Dance competition! We’re now really looking forward to providing some entertainment to our local communities, starting with the Steyning Festival. Please come along and give us a cheer, your support means so much to us!’
And finally, Emma Vernon-Harcourt:
‘Going to Mums Da Word on a Tuesday is a highlight of my week. It’s inspiring and energising to be with a group of women who are up for fun, adventure and doing something a bit different. It’s been a joy to get to know the other Mummas over the past 18 months that I’ve been with the group, especially when we travelled to Glasgow together last summer to compete in the World Street Dance Championships.
‘We have an amazing young teacher, Monique Matthews, who pushes us out of our comfort zone and gets us doing things we never would have imagined.
‘I’m so excited to have Mums Da Word here in my hometown of Steyning and can’t wait to get on stage with them on Saturday. Go the Mummas!’
There are still some tickets left and the modest cost (there is no GB pound sign on this keyboard so I can’t tell you it’s only 5 GBP!) is well worth it to see the European Champions in action. But remember, Mums da Word!
You can read the full programme here https://www.steyningfestival.co.uk/whats-on
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