Lots of street cred as kids flock to join RedX dance crew
Published on: 30 Jan 2014
THEY started off with just one solitary pupil when they set up their own company teaching youngsters hip hop dance moves.
But in just two years Jasmine and Gabriella Sorisi-Thomas now have nearly 100 girls and boys on their books and are starting to make waves in the world of street dance.
The sisters, who run Emersons Green-based RedX Dance, entered a group of eight 12-year-olds in their first competition, held in London in December.
And they couldn’t be prouder when the girls walked off with first prize – despite the troupe only having a few months to prepare.
There’s a good chance you may have seen RedX dancers; they appeared at numerous local events last year including Heathfest and both the Downend and Emersons Green Christmas light switch-ons.
Jasmine, 18, who lives in Emersons Green, said: “My sister and I have competed before but to have our kids take part and win first prize was just amazing.
“I felt very emotional watching because of the amount of energy they showed. Their preparation and dedication paid off and it was amazing to see their faces after they did their routine.”
The duo are now putting pupils through their paces in preparation for the CheerSport Wales National Open Championships in May.
Jasmine said: “We work on the basis that the dancers have to feel they are ready to compete and they want to do it, rather than throw them in at the deep end and say ‘You’re doing this!’
“It’s something they’d like to do and we will be working towards it. We would be competing against teams from all over the UK and we might enter at a higher level so there’s a bit more competition for the kids.”
The students, most of whom come from Emersons Green, Downend and Kingswood, attend dance classes at Emersons Green Village Hall.
They take part in two shows a year in a theatre, including ones at St Brendan’s and Filton College, as well as appearing at fetes and festivals.
The energetic youngsters also perform at RedX summer and Christmas shows where all the different classes come together and perform in front of parents every dance they have learnt.
“We’ve just held auditions for our competition group and have got five more girls who are starting which means the age range is now eight to 13,” Jasmine said.
“This will be hard to choreograph for but I’m sure we’ll get there!” Jasmine said it was hard to believe how successful RedX Dance has become in such a short time.
“Gabriella and I have danced all our lives so it seemed inevitable we would do something with our careers related to dance.
“We started off with one boy for about four weeks and we thought, ‘This isn’t going anywhere’. But then we held classes at Stanbridge Primary School for six weeks and each week we gradually built up our numbers. It’s a little bit scary that we’ve ended up with nearly 100 kids now! It’s a bit overwhelming but it’s so nice. We call them ‘our kids’ because we have such a good relationship with them. We’re really glad we did it.”
To find out more about RedX Dance, visit www.redxdance.co.uk