Kiwi dancers are going for gold
Good things come in threes for one Kiwi dance company.
Identity Company is sending three crews to represent New Zealand at the 2015 Hip-Hop World Championships in San Diego.
The dance company has had a strong presence at the competition in recent years, but this time they’ve stepped it up a notch.
‘‘This year’s been a real big breakthrough as we’ve managed to get the whole company through,’’ director Joshua Cesan says.
‘‘We’ve been doing this for many years and we’ve managed to do quite well.
‘‘It’s a huge thing for our company.’’
Doing quite well includes being the reigning NZ Street Dance champions and bringing home two silver medals from the last two world championships.
The company’s mega crew has been turning heads and tearing up stages for the past two years and now it’s time for other crews to step up.
The Swagganauts (junior crew), Masque (varsity crew) and The Bradas (adults) will all be joining the world’s greatest hip-hop dancers on August 1. The crews qualified through the New Zealand championships in April.
‘‘At nationals it’s really cool,’’ Masque leader Celia Hext says.
‘‘I’m just excited to see what the difference is going to be at worlds and how much bigger and better it is.’’
More than 3500 dancers from 50 countries are expected to attend the event.
‘‘We’ve always dreamed of winning and getting that gold,’’ The Bradas leader Riley Bourne says.
‘‘It’s out first real opportunity to do that together.’’
With one month left before competition starts, all three crews are training hard.
The Bradas are dancing up to six days a week and with school holidays coming up the remaining crews will be stepping up their effort.
Eight million people around the world watched the event last year.
‘‘One of the hard things is trying to get your nervousness and your body ready,’’ Cesan says.
‘‘Amping up to it and the fact there’s so many people can give you some advantages.
‘‘It’s big but you have to go in with a calm attitude,’’ he says.
In the meantime Identity Company is focusing on fundraising to get their crews to San Diego.
Concerts are being held on July 4 and 5 at Auckland Grammar School.
Identity Company crew leaders, from left: Riley Bourne, Celia Hext, William Tuarae and Joshua Cesan are ready to take their crews to the World Hip-Hop Championships.