Dance students are in the pink after award nomination

STEPPING OUT: TMJ DanceJAM were crowned winners of South Tyneside Talent Week and scooped the �500 prize.
STEPPING OUT: TMJ DanceJAM were crowned winners of South Tyneside Talent Week and scooped the �500 prize.

A DANCE studio and some of its fantastic students have reason to jump for joy after being nominated for an award.

The DanceJAM group, in Villier Street, Sunniside, Sunderland, has been praised as “one big happy family” which gives children a chance to express themselves.

It’s success has seen it nominated for a What’s On Where award with one nomination praising the project for helping to engage children in exercise and street dance.

The nomination read: “The studio has six competitive street dance crews who compete all over the UK and Europe. The crews are like one big happy family. All the children have the same passion and hunger to progress in the street dancing world.”

The school itself has facilities such as street dance classes, a holiday club, and a dance summer school.

It is also the base for some successful crews such as TMJ (That’s My Jam) who are a 12-strong all-girl street dancing crew, and who have also been nominated for a What’s On Where award.

The TMJ nomination read: “These girls deserved to get recognized for there outstanding achievements and with only being a crew for four months it’s amazing what they have achieved in this time.”

The crew entered the South Tyneside Talent week in October last year. The girls made it all the way to the final and won the competition. Jennifer Oswald, director of DanceJAM, said: “We have only been going for two years and we have been doing pretty well. We started with one crew and now we have got six with about 50 people.”

The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues, takeaways to parks and community areas, and hotels to the best shopping experience.

We want you to nominate your favourites in each of the categories listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is February 5. We will reveal the winners on February 26 in a glittering finale at the Best Western Roker Hotel. To nominate, either fill in the form on this page or enter at