Dance crew take on the world

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Rezpect Dance Academy is de­fy­ing the odds — quizzing, sausage siz­zling and bak­ing their way to world supremacy.

The academy’s Defy Dance Crew has spent the last cou­ple of months try­ing to raise the $18,000 needed for their trip to the World Supremacy Bat­tle­ground dance com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney this month. The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion is open to any­one in the south­ern hemi­sphere. The Defy Dance Crew is made up of five girls and one boy, all un­der the age of 10 from Park­vale School, Ma­hora School, Peter­head School and Ta­matea Pri­mary School. Six mums and three dads will ac­com­pany the team, which will be per­form­ing one rou­tine, chore­ographed by dance tu­tor Mi­ami Walsh.

The dancers and their fam­i­lies have held a car wash, movie night, McDon­ald’s evenings, lunch and din­ner hangis, raf­fles, school tours, a quiz night, sausage siz­zle and bake sale. Al­though they have come up $5000 short, the team is feel­ing ex­cited, ner­vous, happy and eager, says par­ent Ni­cola Cor­mack.

“We’re count­ing down the sleeps — we can’t wait ,” she says.

It is the first ‘worlds’ for the dancers who had to com­pete at Bat­tle­grounds NZ — where they placed sec­ond — to qual­ify for World Supremacy Bat­tle­grounds. Ni­cola says the team and fam­ily mem­bers are very grate­ful to those who have helped get them across the ditch.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one for all the gen­er­ous sup­port to­wards Defy’s fundrais­ing jour­ney.”

■ To spon­sor the team or make a do­na­tion to­wards the cost of their trip con­tact Ni­cola on ma­ or 0224102046.

DEFY Dance Crew off to the World Supremacy Bat­tle in Syd­ney

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