American Dream while tiny cheerleaders raise the flag for Great Britain

A troupe of tiny dancers hopes to make history and conquer America’s World Cheerleading Championships if members can raise enough funds to travel across the Atlantic.

The Red Hot Embers, a group of 10 girls, all between the ages of five and seven, from a dance academy in Salford, would become the first international team in their age group to compete at The Summit Championships at Disney World in Florida.

They beat the best of Britain and were crowned national champions in the pom-pom discipline in the Tiny age group. After their performance at the Jamfest European Championships at the Liverpool Exhibition Center in June, they were crowned Grand Champions for the highest score in their age group.

Girls usually only compete internationally in older age groups, but theirs was the third-highest score of any dance team at the Liverpool competition, giving them a shot at international fame in the United States.

But to fly the flag for Britain they need sponsorship, with travel and accommodation costs alone amounting to more than £1,500 per member, with costumes, poms, training gear, music licenses and training venues.

They hope to perform routines in pom-pom, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical disciplines, all while being judged by five judges who award marks for dubbing, technique, audience impact, and choreography.

The team, left to right, Luna-Rose, Lilah and Nattaya, center Olivia, Millie, Erin Amber and front Amelia. (Red Hot Embers/PA Media)

Team members are Millie Quirk, Nyah Dalli, Blythe Partington and Scarlett Davies, all five years old, Amelie Tudor, Erin Eve Smith, Nattaya Boyle, all six and seven years old, Amber Frame, Olivia Kennedy and Luna-Rose Glynn.

Natasha Wilde, 30, her trainer and choreographer at Studio 96 Dance Academy in Salford, said: “I think I’m still in shock at what these talented little ladies have achieved this season.

“The girls often sacrifice social events like friends’ parties to make sure they’re there when they train, which only shows their dedication at such a young age.

“I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them”

Carmel Craddock, grandmother of Erin Eve Smith, said: “I never imagined that my granddaughter would compete internationally at such a young age.”

The 2023 annual Dance Summit will be held April 29-30, 2023 at Coronado Springs in Orlando, Florida.

The Red Hot Flames Dance Academy was founded in 1996 by director Suzanne Roberts and started out as a cheerleading sideline for Rugby League Super League club Salford Reds.

Originally conceived to support sports teams, cheerleading became a sport in its own right in American colleges in the 1960s and it is estimated that around 90,000 girls participate in the sport in the UK alone.

Not wanting funding to be an obstacle for any of the girls, the Embers team are trying to raise at least £5,000 to help families fund the trip.

Anyone who can sponsor the girls is encouraged to contribute through their GoFundMe page at: American Dream while tiny cheerleaders raise the flag for Great Britain

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