Dancer in­vited to Hol­ly­wood academy


Tal­ented Taupo hip-hop dancer Larissa Mur­phy has scored a place in a Hol­ly­wood dance school.

But that hasn’t stopped her help­ing to train the next gen­er­a­tion of dancers at her old col­lege.

In 2016, Mur­phy led Tauhara Col­lege’s dance crew, the Young Queens, to the coun­try’s top dance com­pe­ti­tion – the Dance NZ Made na­tion­als.

The Young Queenz placed sec­ond with their Polyswagg-style hip hop per­for­mance.

The 18-year-old’s jour­ney at the In­ter­na­tional Dance Academy [IDA] will start in Septem­ber 2018.

‘‘At the IDA, I’ll spend three months train­ing in Hol­ly­wood, then 7 months in Copen­hagen,’’ Mur­phy said.

In the mean­time, Mur­phy is run­ning tu­to­ri­als in Taupo and train­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of dancers.

Jacinda Wil­son, Tauhara Col­lege dance teacher, said Mur­phy had joined the school staff as a tu­tor.

‘‘We’ve got this whole new group of young girls who want to be like Larissa,’’ Wil­son said.

’’She’s left the legacy of Young Queens, but we’ve now got a new [dance] crew called So­lace.’’

Wil­son said a huge num­ber of stu­dents au­di­tioned for So­lace, but she and Mur­phy whit­tled the se­lec­tion down to 10 stu­dents.

‘‘The plan is for Larissa and my­self to lead So­lace through­out the year and give them the same ex­pe­ri­ence as the Young Queenz, which was quite life-chang­ing for them.’’

The Young Queenz’ main in­flu­ence was polyswagg – a hip hop dance style cre­ated by Par­ris Goebels, leader of world fa­mous dance crew the Royal Fam­ily, Wil­son said.

In 2017, So­lace dancers were be­ing trained to show off a greater va­ri­ety of styles, she said.

‘‘The Young Queenz were in­ter­est­ing and re­ally unique, but this is a step up again.’’

Krump, iso­la­tions, old skool, new school, vogue-ing, and Reg­gae­ton were all part of the dance playlist, she said.

Mur­phy reg­u­larly trav­els to Auck­land to train with No­to­ri­ous dance com­pany. She said she was ex­cited to take So­lace to PROJECT dance com­pe­ti­tion in Mt Maun­ganui over Queen’s Birth­day Week­end.

‘‘Young Queenz came third at Project last year. So we’ll be push­ing them to get first place.’’


Larissa Mur­phy (left), pic­tured with Jacinda Wil­son, tu­tors at her old col­lege and trains with Auck­land dance com­pany No­to­ri­ous.

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