Bedfordshire teenager qualifies for hip hop championships in the US

Mia Beaney from Ampthill beat dancers from all over the country to take part
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The 15-year-old's urban dance crew IMD Legion claimed gold medals in all five team categories at the 2020 UK Hip Hop Championships - which means Mia and her crew will get to travel to Phoenix, Arizona later this year to compete against more than 4,000 dancers at the World Hip Hop Championships.

Mia has danced with IMD Legion for 18 months and travels to East London up to five times a week to train with the crew and has already won numerous world and national championships as part of the team.

The Redborne Upper School pupil said: "We've trained harder than ever for this competition, so I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. I can't wait to go to the USA in the summer to represent the UK, and Ampthill, at the highest level in our sport."

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IMD Legion has more than 70 members who have featured on Britain's Got Talent, Got To Dance, The X Factor and Little Big Shots. Its dancers have also appeared in music videos for Stormzy, Charlie Sloth and Naughty Boy.

IMD Legion hosts auditions each year and runs open classes weekly at Centre Stage in Stratford, Spotlight in Poplar and Studio 68 in Blackfriars. For more information visit here