A teaching assistant from a Knowle West school has just scooped gold with her dance group at the World Hip Hop Championships in Florida.
Ruby Gardiner (23) ,who teaches at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road, was part of the 15-strong team who faced fierce competition at the Championships.
Ruby divides her time between teaching at the school and dancing with the Dark Angels Dance Academy in Bishopsworth.
The winning routine was just two minutes and 15 seconds long – but the team rehearsed for over a year with three training sessions a week.
Hoping to inspire the next generation of dancers, Ruby has been sharing her skills with pupils at the school. She choreographed a Hip Hop routine and taught it to a group of six to eight-year-olds – which they performed at Stages 2019.
She said: “Being part of the team crowned World Hip Hop Champions is just amazing. We all worked so hard to prepare for the tournament and we’re thrilled we came home with gold!
“I’ve been dancing since I was four-years-old – its definitely my passion! I love teaching children at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road some of what I’ve learnt over the years.”
Principal of Oasis Academy Marksbury Road, Clare Robinson,said: “We are extremely proud of Ruby and her team for winning gold at the World Hip Hop Championships. Its great to have a role model, like Ruby, to show the children that with hard work and determination you can achieve great things.”