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.

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