The Pioneers are dancing in the US

Top of their game: The Pioneers dazzled visitors at the recent Liverpool Night Markets.

Top of their game: The Pioneers dazzled visitors at the recent Liverpool Night Markets.

LIVERPOOL youth dance troupe The Pioneers are currently strutting their stuff in Las Vegas.

The group of 28 dancers formed at the Liverpool youth development project, The Street University, and they competed last week at the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships.

They won the right to compete following a successful performance at the Australian competition which was held earlier this year.

Helping them with their travel expenses, Liverpool Council pledged $5000 to add to the $5000 the group had already raised.

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun said the council was very pleased to support the troupe. "It gives the council great pleasure to be able to direct this funding towards The Pioneers, a home-grown success story and a fantastic Liverpool export, to help support their campaign," he said.

"Many of use would have seen The Pioneers perform at the Liverpool Night Markets in July where they were a crowd favourite.

"We wish The Pioneers and their supporters the very best of luck in their efforts at the world championships and look forward to hearing about their achievements."

Since forming in January, 2013, The Pioneers have become one of the country's most respected dance crews.

Member Denise Kerehona thanked the council and said that raising the funds to get the team overseas have been a tough task.

"Raising the necessary money was a struggle right to the last minute, with transport costs in Las Vegas one hurdle we were yet to cover," she said.

The crew will be in the United States for 12 days.

The Champion will share their results as news comes to hand.

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