Ceroc-keting into champs
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.