Dancers primed for na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - EMELYN MCHARDY, WINTEC JOUR­NAL­ISM STU­DENT

A group of Hamil­ton Girls’ High School stu­dents will have their hip-hop moves marked against the best in the coun­try when they per­form at the DanceNZ Made na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The Ad­dic­tion dance crew scored a 100 per cent mark in the Open Divi­sion of the DanceNZ Made re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, send­ing them to the na­tion­als in Palmer­ston North on Septem­ber 23.

Ad­dic­tion won with their dance rou­tine mar­i­onettes at the re­gion­als in Hamil­ton on Au­gust 21.

Crew leader and chore­og­ra­pher Darien Lee had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion with a crew last year but did not win. So this year a few new goals were set to im­prove that re­sult.

‘‘At the be­gin­ning of the year, that was the aim, the aim was to win the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Lee said.

The crew also won the supreme award for the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion and Lee was also awarded a medal for ex­cel­lence in chore­og­ra­phy.

‘‘For a lot of the girls it was like a new ex­pe­ri­ence for them,’’crew mem­ber Aimee Carstens said.

‘‘Not many of them had per­formed on a stage or at a com­pe­ti­tion so I think it was good for a lot of the girls to get the ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Now the Ad­dic­tion dance crew must raise $4000 to at­tend the na­tional fi­nals.

Ad­dic­tion’s man­ager Deb Lee said wants to or­gan­ise a quiz night to fundraise for the girls.

‘‘It’s still a lot for me to try and or­gan­ise a quiz night in two weeks, but I’ll try, oth­er­wise the stu­dents have all got to come up with $400 each,’’ Lee said.

‘‘They’ve done too well not to take the op­por­tu­nity, so Vicki (dance teacher) and I will do our best to get them there.

‘‘The girls have been prac­tis­ing three times a week since April and have also used school com­pe­ti­tions to prac­tise their dance, and will per­form the same win­ning rou­tine at the fi­nals.’’

The school com­peted well in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning two out of the three group di­vi­sions. It had three soloists Darien Lee, Joeleen Chap­man and Ruby Moetara se­lected to com­pete in the divi­sion fi­nals com­pe­ti­tion in Palmer­ston North.

The Year 9 to 10 divi­sion was won by the Dance Club, which was chore­ographed by Hamil­ton Girls’ High School stu­dent Tyla Robin­son.

HGHS dancers Joeleen Chap­man, Darien Lee and Aimee Carstens will rep­re­sent Waikato at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

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