Spalding hip hop dance princess Poppy ready to take on the world after UK success
Spalding dance talent Poppy Gill (14) has her heart set on worldwide success after topping the UK rankings with her dance troupe once again.
Poppy, a member of East London dance crew Unity UK, won the varsity section at the UK Hip Hop Dance Championships in Portsmouth during half-term, three years after reaching the finals of TV variety competition Britain’s Got Talent.
Unity UK’s winning three-minute routine earned Poppy and her team a trip to Arizona, USA, to compete at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in August.
Poppy said: “Our dance routine incorporated various styles, including house and locking (freezing from a fast movement to a stationary pose), and covering all sorts of musical types and beats.
“There were lots of rehearsals leading up to Portsmouth which meant a lot of travelling to and from London.
“But it’s become a routine for me and I find things to do on the journey.”
My schoolwork always comes first and it’s very supportive in helping me fit in homework with travelling
As well as dancing with Unity UK, whose “mega crew” won last year’s UK Hip Hop Dance Championships, Poppy also runs her own Dance Academy at St Norbert’s Community Hall in Spalding, on Mondays between 5pm and 7pm.
But Poppy’s parents, Lisa and Matt Gill, make sure that their daughter’s studies in Year 9 at Spalding High School come first.
Poppy said: “I’ve been dancing since I was three years old, starting in Wisbech where I used to live.
“Then I had an audition with Tashan Muir, of Unity Dance Company UK, for a British crew that combined different dance skills in order to compete at European and world level.
“But school always comes first and it’s very supportive in helping me fit in homework with travelling.
“Dancing is something I’ll continue to do and I have no thoughts of stopping.”
If you can help Poppy fundraise for her trip to the USA, visit https://www.gofundme.com/poppy-to-phoenix