Dedicated dancer takes tricks to US
Shae King always dreamed of going far as a dancer and his wish will come true this year.
King and his TCNZ crew have been picked to attend the world hip-hop dance championship in San Diego.
The 18-year-old will be part of a mega crew made up of more than 30 dancers from Wellington City. He is the only dancer from Porirua.
‘‘It’s a dream come true. I’m excited to see where it takes me,’’ said King, who has been dancing since he was 6.
More than 3000 of the world’s best dancers will come together for the world championships in August.
Crews and mega crews from around the world will compete for the world title and international bragging rights in the hip-hop industry.
King was given his opportunity after his TCNZ crew finished third at a national hip-hop event in Auckland this month.
This will be King’s first world championship. He said he had dreamed of attending one since he was a youngster. ‘‘I want to make my mark.’’ The Porirua dancer is taking a gap year to focus on dancing after leaving Tawa College last year.
King is certainly giving it 100 per cent in the lead-up to the world champs, training every night along with a Saturday session from 5pm till after midnight.
Inside the world of dancing he is a person who performs trick routines, including his signature move, a standing back flip with a 360 twist.
He has hopes of one day opening a studio in Porirua and taking his own crew to a world championship.
An extra lure in San Diego will be workshops run by Parris Goebel of Step Up All In and choreographer Ian Eastwood.
Shae King goes through a routine that propelled him and his dance crew into the world championship.