Stu­dents dance their way to podium

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT - BRIAR HUB­BARD

An in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance from Wa­iau Pa School re­sulted in sec­ond place at the na­tional Jump Jam Cham­pi­onships.

The team of 12 grooved their way through re­gion­als, then the fi­nals, held on Oc­to­ber 28, where they were just pipped at the post by Hor­sham Downs School.

Co-coach of the team, Dan­nielle Wheeler, said she was ex­tremely proud of the stu­dents’ hard work.

‘‘We knew we had given it 110 per cent on the night and couldn’t have been more proud and ex­cited of the team.

‘‘At the end of the day the coaches had done all we could and we were 100 per cent con­fi­dent of the team. We knew they could do this and now it was up to them. We kept say­ing ‘if you don’t want it (a plac­ing) another will’ and it worked.’’

The team chose the theme thriller freaks, with a mod­ern beat, with an eye-catching cos­tume, which was im­ported by lo­cal de­signer Tracey Ma­jurey, who put her own spin on the out­fits to suit the theme.

‘‘The girls and boys loved the cos­tumes and when in them it re­ally helped to get into char­ac­ter. We can’t thank Tracey enough - she is one in­cred­i­ble lady.

‘‘The face paint was done by lo­cal artist Cathy Davies who also came with her own ideas to in­cor­po­rate into the theme and was bang on. We scored 10 out of 10 in this cat­e­gory.’’

Wheeler said the stu­dents be­gan prac­tis­ing their per­for­mance in term two and even trained in the school hol­i­days, which made their sec­ond place in the ex­treme cat­e­gory even sweeter.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously the win was in­cred­i­ble but for me see­ing them on stage, in the lime­light, with lights and back­drop in front of a very sup­port­ive and loud au­di­ence and danc­ing for Brett Fairweather (cre­ator of Jump Jam) and his team of three other judges. See­ing the team per­form and em­brace all that was around them in such a highly tal­ented com­pe­ti­tion was re­ally emo­tional.’’

The group was a mix of new­com­ers and ex­pe­ri­enced jump jam­mers, which Wheeler said was a great dy­namic.

‘‘It’s en­cour­ag­ing to al­ways have new stu­dents try­ing out and for the more ex­pe­ri­enced ones to take on a lead­er­ship role.’’

Wa­iau Pa School stu­dents im­pressed judges at the re­cent Jump Jam Cham­pi­onships.

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