Final preparations are being made for the first hip hop team ever to represent Ireland at the World Hip Hop Championships in Los Angeles.

The 28 strong Irish hip hop squad were whittled down from over 500 hopefuls who auditioned earlier in the year. The competitors ranging in age from 10-22 will compete in three events against teams from America, Europe and Asia.

While being in the first Irish squad is a nerve-racking experience, one dancer interviewed feels the Irish team stands as good a chance as any of the other competing nations.

Aoife Keating from the Irish Hip Hop Federation believes that Ireland has a very high standard in this dance form the challenge is to find a way for the dancers to maintain an interest as they get older. 

Putting our dancers on an international stage may keep them interested and make them want to proceed.

John O'Driscoll reports for RTÉ News on 11 August 2005.