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He's got the moves

A TEENAGER from Sanquhar has happy feet after dancing his way to a world class title.

Robert McColl, 15, fought off international competition to be crowned under 16 B-boy World Champion at the10th UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow.
The accolade tops off a winning six months during which Robert – who dances with Coatbridge-based MAD Studios – has picked up the British and Scottish under-16 titles.
He also collected the sixth place trophy in the under-18 advanced category at the global street dance event with the rest of his team, Killaz.
Robert said: “I can’t believe I’ve actually won. The competition was really tough as the standard was so high this year, especially in the final battle.
“I trained really hard with the rest of the crew, travelling through to Coatbridge up to six times a week right before the competition. It’s tiring, but it’s absolutely been worth it.”
To pursue his street dance passion, Robert makes the 96 mile round-trip from Sanquhar to train in Coatbridge more than three times a week – with extra sessions in the run up to the Worlds.
His coach Michelle Connelly said: “I’m over the moon for Robert, and so proud to have an individual World Champion in the crew. All of the dancers put in a lot of hours to make sure they’re ready for competition, and Robert obviously puts in the extra miles to travel to his training sessions. It’s definitely paid off.”
Around 6000 dancers from 30 countries, including Europe, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the US, travelled to Glasgow to compete in the weekend dance extravaganza.

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