Keen hip-hoppers packed the opportunity centre in Cannons Creek to take pointers from world champion crew ReQuest.
The all-girl crew were in Porirua for the Tahi 10: The Remix, hip-hop invitational concert at Te Rauparaha Arena recently and relished the chance to share their talent with local youth.
Manager Brett Goebel said running workshops in the com- munity is how ReQuest inspires young people.
‘‘The main reason for us going there was to inspire the kids to chase their dreams. At the end of the day these girls [ReQuest] are just normal everyday girls, one’s from Mangere [ South Auckland], one’s from Porirua . . . No matter where you come from, whether you’re black, white, red, it doesn’t matter.
‘‘You should just chase your dreams and do what you love.’’
Sixteen year-old Taylor Helu- Smith enjoyed picking up new moves from the best in the world.
‘‘ They’re mean to watch. I came here with some friends and thought I would just sit in the back, but they inspired me to get up and try it for myself.’’
The group of eight dancers beat 43 other crews to win the varsity section of the world championships in Las Vegas last year, then took out the World Supremacy Battle grounds competition in Australia.
Get into the groove: Sammie, of world champion hiphop crew ReQuest, shows Cannons Creek youth a dance move to add to their repertoire.