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Three cheers for the Mayor

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A group of cheerleaders met the Mayor for tea this week to promote their upcoming competition at world championship level.

The group of youngsters from the Sharon Ann Academy of Cheer and Dance popped into the parlour ahead of a filmed performance in the grounds of Priory Park next the month.

The professional film will show potential sponsors and other interested students, the calibre of the athletes with the aim of trying to secure funding to take 22 of its students, aged 13 - 28 to America to compete at the USASF Cheerleading World Championships this April.

The academy has competed seven times at Dance Worlds, Florida in the jazz category, but this is the first time they’ve been eligible to compete at Cheer Worlds. They are the only English club ever to have won the NCA National Champions title and this year, as well as entering their CRUSH team at USASF Cheer Worlds, 14 of their students will also be making up Team England in the ICU World Championship across cheer, jazz and hip hop.

Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley said:

It was a delight to meet the performers from the Sharon Ann Academy of Cheer and Dance, they brought so much zest and energy to the parlour and I wish them the best of luck in raising money for their trip to America for the world championships.

Sharon Gray, founding principal of the Academy, said:

The dedication and commitment from these girls never ceases to amaze me. Many of them have been members of the academy for over 15 years which is testament in itself.
We teach our athletes and dancers important life skills such as commitment, team work and dedication which we firmly believe will help to make our athletes successful in everything they do in life.

The Academy has 12 successful cheerleading squads and 6 dance teams that compete at regional and national competitions. These competition squads also boast more than 50 National Champions and numerous Grand National Champion titles and is one of the most decorated squads in the country.

The Academy was established in 1997 by Sharon Ann Gray and is based in Wolverhampton. Daughters Becky and Lauren who are directors in the academy, also coach for the Team England squad. Beckie who is the dance director is manager of Team England jazz and also assistant coach for Team England Hip Hop. Lauren who is the cheer director is assistant coach for Team England Junior Elite Cheer who came back with gold last year. Children can learn a range of styles including jazz, hip hop, cheerleading and tumbling.
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