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.