Ce­roc-ket­ing into champs

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

A group of 16 novice Ce­roc dancers is hop­ing to show the com­pe­ti­tion what they’re made of at the an­nual Waikato Ce­roc Cham­pi­onships this week­end.

The team of begin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate dancers was formed by Mas­ters Games cham­pi­ons and Auck­land Cen­tral Ce­roc Dance in­struc­tors Elly-Ann Pritchard and Wayne Grif­fiths in Jan­uary this year.

But de­spite hav­ing clocked up only a lim­ited num­ber of hours on the dance floor of their Lorne St stu­dio, this dance troupe is poised for suc­cess.

Ce­roc is a part­ner dance com­bin­ing a fu­sion of salsa and mod­ern jive with­out the com­pli­cated foot­work.

Cen­tral Auck­land begin­ner dancer Daniel Crothers joined the troupe on a whim hav­ing walked past the Auck­land Cen­tral Ce­roc Dance stu­dio for a long time.

He comes from a mar­tial arts back­ground and says the same kind of dis­ci­pline is re­quired in both sports.

‘‘It’s phys­i­cally quite de­mand­ing and takes a lot of skill which I think a lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise go­ing into it.’’

The team were nudged out of the fi­nal at last week’s Capezio Kiwi Clas­sic Dance Com­pe­ti­tion but re­ceived great feed­back from the au­di­ence, Ms Pritchard says.

‘‘They were very dif­fer­ent to the other eight teams com­pet­ing. Wayne and I ex­pect them to be much bet­ter this week­end when they will be com­pet­ing against teams from the same style of dance.’’

The Waikato Ce­roc Cham­pi­onships will be held in Te Awa­mutu, Waikato on Satur­day.


Dance troupe: Dancers from the Auck­land Cen­tral Ce­roc Dance troupe, from left, Melissa Sutjipto, Hiten Mulchan­dani, Daniel Crothers and Fendi Thien, will be com­pet­ing at the Waikato Ce­roc Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

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