Dancing to success
From out of nowhere to the Hip Hop World Championships in the Netherlands, Palmerston North’s Tribesmen Dance Crew is riding high.
The eight-person Anomaly Dance Studio troupe have to cobble together a further $20,000 to make it Amsterdam, and are holding a last-ditch fundraising concert to get themselves to Europe.
‘‘We have dance acts from all over Manawatu¯ and from Wellington performing. We’re really rapt with the support we’ve been given,’’ Anomaly’s Sydney Pelman said.
Realising they had to take things up a level to impress international judges and audiences, she said the crew had completely reworked their runners-up routine.
‘‘We knew we had to do that if we wanted to beat the team that beat us at the nationals. We’ve changed and added to it, and it’s way and beyond what we performed in August,’’ Pelman said.
As well, crew member Masi Read won the freestyle battle at the nationals after being asked to enter the section to make up the numbers. He will also be giving his freestyle all at the world champs.
The 20-year-old first-year Massey social work student said freestyle was the dance version of a rap battle.
‘‘You do it to a random track you don’t know, and have to work out the musicality and perform the best sort of dance and style you can while trying to outdo the other person by putting them off, doing tricks and playing off their energy, as well as keeping the vibe and pleasing the judges.
‘‘There’s a lot to focus on but it’s really fun,’’ Read said.
Audiences will get a preview of the new Tribesman routine during Friday evening’s hour-anda-half long 7pm dance spectacular with appearances from Wellington’s The Company NZ, and local Dance Works Studios, Kate Martin School of Dance, Dance Unlimited, Maureen Ax School of Dance and Anomaly.
Emceed by Nikora Lewis, the concert at the Queen Elizabeth College Hall features singer Levi Lewis, and there will be a high value holiday raffle prize for Kaiko¯ura’s tree hut hotel, Hapuku Lodge.
Tickets are $10 from Anomaly in Rangitikei St with door sales on the night.
The Tribesmen will leave for the competition on October 14.
Anomaly Dance Studio’s Tribesmen Dance Troupe from left, Ihaia Kunaiti, Dominique Vao, Jay Pelman, back Tama Nepia, front Kiata O Sullivan, Masi Read, Sydney Pelman, Hoani Ohlsen.