Dancing their way to US competition
Young Aucklanders are gearing up to take on the American dance scene in July.
Auckland City School of the Arts (ACSA) students aged between 9 and 18 will be the first Australasians to compete in Showstoppers, a prestigious American dance competition.
Owner of the Ellerslie studio Sandra Rasmussen says the 22 students have worked hard for the opportunity.
‘‘They are ridiculously excited. They have countdown clocks on their phones and are working and rehearsing really hard because it’s such a big deal competing arguably against the best in America.’’
Competition alumni include Beyonce and Britney Spears.
The ACSA dancers will leave for Los Angeles on July 3 to familiarise themselves with the city’s dance scene before competing in the West Coast finals from July 15 to 19.
They hope to become some of the first dancers in the world to take classes at the new Abby Lee Dance Company studios in Santa Monica.
They will also take classes at the various Los Angeles studios. One studio includes The Edge Performing Arts centre, home to some of the world’s top choreographers. Rasmussen says this is an opportunity for the students to pick up some life skills.
‘‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to have this incredible goal and be able to do all the things young people need to do to achieve this goal, [which is] time management, rehearsal schedules and managing their social lives.’’
Rasmussen has 100 students.
Dancer Brooke Moody of Auckland City School of the Arts.