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German Teens Win 'Ugly Dancing' Contest (VIDEO)


First Posted: 10/27/10 03:50 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Striking more than a few dubious poses, a group of four German teens called "Die Dezentiner" took home top honors at the 2010 Ugly Dance World Cup, held this past weekend in Hamburg.

Originally from the northwestern German town of Vechta, the winning troupe surpassed 9 other teams from Luxembourg and Switzerland in a less-than-glamorous dance-off with their signature move, dubbed the "Shy Dance," Reuters is reporting. Contestants were judged on "outstanding ugliness, creativity, singularity/unseen moves and fun factor," according to the event's website.

Organizers of the event, founded in 2009, defended ugly dancing as not necessarily meaning bad. "It's so easy to dance nicely, but ugly dancing is an art," they said. "We like to call it 'ugly aesthetics.'"

Watch "Die Dezentiner" strutting their stuff via ABC News below:

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