A Teaching Assistant from Oasis Academy Marksbury Road in Bedminster scoops gold with her fellow dancers at the World Hip Hop Championships in Florida.
23 year-old Ruby Gardiner, was part of the 15-strong dance group who faced fierce competition from the USA, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Philippines, Wales, Norway and Scotland.
Ruby divides her time between teaching at the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated school and dancing with the Dark Angels Dance Academy in Bishopsworth.
The winning routine was just 2 minutes and 15 seconds long but the team rehearsed for over a year with 3 training sessions a week.
Hoping to inspire the next generation of dancers, Ruby has corregraphed and taught a group of 6 to 8 year-olds at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road a Hip Hop routine, which they performed at Stages 2019.
Speaking about her student dancers, Ruby said, “The children were awesome and worked so hard on their routine. They made us all very proud!”
About winning the World Championship title, Ruby commented, “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 4 years-old - its definetly my passion! I love teaching children at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road some of what I’ve learnt over the years.”
Clare Robinson, Principal of Oasis Academy Marksbury Road, 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.”