In­spi­ra­tional dance

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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