RUISLIP dance students were offered the chance of a master class with world renowned hip-hop dance company ZooNation.

It was arranged through Dance Masters On Tour, a new company which aims to make expert choreography and guidance available to everyone in the UK.

Master classes are held in a variety of different specialities, with creator Darren Massey determined to motivate, inspire and re-energise the UK dance community.

ZooNation was founded in 2002 by Kate Prince and performed at events for Nelson Mandela, the Olympics and Paralympics. Their production was the first hip-hop dance show in the West End.

Ten students from the Italia Conti Associates School, Ruislip, were invited to a free taster session with Dance Masters On Tour.

Angie Radford, the principal, jumped at accepting the chance for her students.

"It was an amazing day and my students gained so much. It’s just what the industry needs."

Students were taught dance routines from three ZooNation shows, Some Like It Hip-Hop, Into the Hoods and Groove On Down The Road, by choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.

She said: "I think it is really important for dancers to take part in workshops like this because it gives a real professional insight into what you'd be expected to do as a career."

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