Strut­ting their stuff


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A GROUP of girls from Perth’s south-east­ern sub­urbs are danc­ing their way to the top af­ter be­ing se­lected for a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Two teams of nine dancers from Pep­per­mint Dance Com­pany in Ken­wick hope to make it to Hawaii in June for the in­au­gu­ral Global Dance and Cheer Games.

Only the best dancers from across the world are se­lected for the com­pe­ti­tion and it was no easy feat to get an in­vite.

The teams - Sov­er­eigns (Jazz) and Legacy (Pom) - first qual­i­fied and won their divi­sions at the World Cup Cheer and Dance pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals in Perth last year.

They then trav­elled to the Gold Coast to com­pete in the Ocea­nia Fi­nals.

Af­ter top per­for­mances, the teams re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the Global Dance and Cheer Games.

Dance teacher Lori Lock­yer said the girls’ fresh take on chore­og­ra­phy and funky rou­tines have so far man­aged to set them apart from their com­pe­ti­tion.

“For us as dance teach­ers, it means that we as a club are on track,” she said.

“It is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing to know that we are do­ing the right thing by our dancers in the na­tional arena.

“We are so proud of our girls for work­ing so in­cred­i­bly hard over the last com­pe­ti­tion sea­son in or­der to achieve what they have.”

The teams have started work on new rou­tines for the games, which they will have to per­form in front of a panel of judges.

Ms Lock­yer said she wanted the girls to have the time of their lives at the games.

Two cheer­lead­ing teams from Pep­per­mint Dance Com­pany have been se­lected for the Global Dance Cheer Games.

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