Dancers on top of the world

TEAM WINS SPOT TO COM­PETE IN THE UNITED STATES

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

SEVEN girls from Toxic Cheer and Dance in Port Kennedy are off to com­pete in Dance Worlds in Florida this month.

The group of girls, aged be­tween 14 and 18, won their place to the Worlds by win­ning a dance bid last year in Queens­land.

Ac­cord­ing to head coach Joshua Coker, the girls were hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated stu­dents, who had achieved great re­sults.

The girls will be com­pet­ing in lyri­cal dance, a style of dance cre­ated by merg­ing bal­let, jazz and con­tem­po­rary dance tech­niques.

“Lyri­cal dance is gen­er­ally a lit­tle more fluid than bal­let and also some­what faster, al­though not as rapidly ex­e­cuted as jazz dance,” Mr Coker said.

“Lyri­cal danc­ing is per­formed to mu­sic with lyrics to in­spire move­ments to ex­press strong emo­tions.

“Lyri­cal dancers often per­form to mu­sic with lyrics.

“Mu­sic used for lyri­cal dance is typ­i­cally emo­tion­ally charged and ex­pres­sive.

“A lyri­cal dancer uses move­ment to ex­press strong emo­tions, such as love, joy, ro­man­tic yearn­ing or anger.”

Train­ing for the girls has in­volved three-hour ses­sions, three days a week.

Train­ing in­volves rou­tine chore­og­ra­phy train­ing, tech­nique train­ing, stretch and flex­i­bil­ity and bal­let.

The girls are fundrais­ing for their trip.

To do­nate, call Mr Coker on 0452 433 382.

Seven girls from Toxic Cheer and Dance are off to the US to com­pete in Dance Worlds.

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