Local hip-hop dancers from Kensington are heading to Arizona in the USA to participate in the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in August.The Kensington Dance Crew will be representing South Africa after winning a gold award at a national competition on Saturday 10 March.The crew say they beat all the odds and are proud that all their hard work has paid off.The group is made up of nine members between the ages of 11 and 18, from different schools in Kensington.The youngest member of the crew, Kaylin Booysen (11), was still crying tears of joy when she spoke about the competition last Tuesday (13 March).She said they sacrificed a lot of time practising before the national competition. She said: “It was not easy for us, yet we cannot even put it in words how we feel about the win.”Errie Fisher, the crew leader, says the win was the outcome of discipline and dedication by the members. He says most of them don’t dance just for fun, but see an opportunity to make a difference in their community.“Kensington is known for different types of illegal activities where young people find themselves caught in the middle because they have plenty of free time on their hands, ending up being in the streets. Through our achievement we hope we would be able to inspire others to get involved with after-school programmes and follow their passion,” says Fisher.Charlene Fisher, the coach, says she is proud of the crew. She says they have agreed to start preparing for their international competition now to make sure they represent the country with confidence later this year. She says she would like to thank the community of Kensington and Factreton for trusting her with their children and supporting them every step of the way.She says they will also need to come up with ideas for raising funds to cover the costs of their trip overseas.