Porirua pair dance their way to the top


Emma Pine and Emma Hux­ford have danced their way to vic­tory.

The Porirua pair showed what they were made of by win­ning the same sex sec­tion at the 2016 ju­nior rock’n’roll na­tion­als at Te Rau­paraha Arena over Easter week­end.

They also picked up the prize for the best dressed.

The week­end was a big suc­cess, full of verve and colour. From Elvis to the twist, Te Rau­paraha Arena rocked and rolled all week­end.

It was Pine and Hux­ford’s first na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. They were among more than 50 com­peti­tors – all un­der 17 – from around the coun­try who con­verged on Porirua for the event.

The girls said they were were slightly ner­vous, but were fo­cused on win­ning.

Pine, 12, and Hux­ford, 11, were the only two mem­bers of the Kapi Mana Rock’n’Roll Club in the com­pe­ti­tion and were up against six cou­ples in their event.

Pine said the re­sult was es­pe­cially re­ward­ing – it meant their hard work had paid off.

‘‘It just means so much to me, es­pe­cially be­cause it was our first na­tion­als. I am so happy and just so proud of us! I would have been proud no mat­ter where we got,’’ Pine said.

She said she was shocked when they found out they’d won.

‘‘It didn’t feel real. We were so ex­cited all night and I still can’t quite be­lieve we won.’’

Pine’s mother, Bex Pine, said the two Em­mas did amaz­ingly well.

She said they [Pine and Hux­ford] danced ex­ceed­ingly well and were over the moon to have won, given they had not been danc­ing to­gether for very long.

How­ever, the girls have rock’n’roll danc­ing in their blood.

Their moth­ers and grand­par­ents have been heav­ily in­volved for years. Pine, who at­tends Queen Mar­garet Col­lege, and Hux­ford, who at­tends Para­pa­raumu Beach Col­lege, are coached by Up­per Hutt rock’n’roll dancers Kalsey and Ka­t­rina Cum­mings.

The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion was hosted by the Kapi Mana Rock’n’Roll Re­vival Club.


Emma Pine, left, and Emma Hux­ford earned top spot at the re­cent rock’n’roll na­tion­als.

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