Students dance their way to podium
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.