Ryde Academy has declared itself 'elated' after being chosen to represent Team England at the Dance World Cup later this year.

Often referred to as the Olympics of Dance, the competition will be streamed live across the World from August 13 to 20.

The event would have been held in Spain this year but due to pandemic, the event has been moved to Telford, Shropshire.

The Ryde Academy team will join 5,000 other dancers from across the world, hoping to bring home a medal for Team England.

Once registered, students had less than 12 hours to meet the deadline for the video qualifying round, judged by a panel of dance professionals to determine their suitability for the national team.

As luck would have it, some of the team had already been working on a competition dance in collaboration with renowned commercial choreographer Josh Wharmby during lockdown.

Isle of Wight County Press: Ryde Academy will represent England at the Dance World Cup.Ryde Academy will represent England at the Dance World Cup.

Josh was commissioned to choreograph an exclusive routine for the Ryde Academy Elite Team in anticipation of competitions resuming, but never had the dancers anticipated these would be used for such a prestigious event.

The team is made up of 15 year 8 to year 11 girls aged between 12 and 16 years old . They will be competing in the 14-17 Commercial Category.

A spokesperson for Ryde Academy said: "We are excited to be sharing the stage with some of the country's best youth dancers including those from The Greatest Dance and Britain's Got Talent.

"For a secondary school extra-curricular dance team to reach this stage is very rare and the school is extremely proud.

"If any businesses would like to discuss sponsorship in exchange for their logo being printed on the Team England flag for the event, please email us at contactus@rydeacademy.org or via our JustGiving page."