Ded­i­cated dancer takes tricks to US

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Pho­tos: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Shae King goes through a rou­tine that pro­pelled him and his dance crew into the world cham­pi­onship.

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