Dance crews to na­tion­als

Waikato News - - Front Page - Bethany Rol­ston

Three Te Awa­mutu hip-hop crews will com­pete at the Street Dance New Zealand Hip Hop Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in April. Im­pe­ri­ous Dance Com­pany crews

Spo­ken, Rus­tic and Taken suc­ceeded at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty re­gional qual­i­fier on Satur­day, March 4.

If the crews win at the na­tion­als they take their dance moves to the in­ter­na­tional stage at the Hip Hop In­ter­na­tional World Cham­pi­onships in Los An­ge­les in Au­gust.

The dancers are all school-aged and have been prac­tis­ing be­fore the school year started.

“Our dancers are very ded­i­cated. We are so proud of ev­ery dance crew,” says Im­pe­ri­ous Dance Com­pany man­ager Tu­lona Vin­cent.

Im­pe­ri­ous Dance Com­pany is based in Te Awa­mutu and of­fers classes in Te Kuiti and Hamil­ton.

“The dance com­pany has about 300 dancers taught by Te Awa­mutu daugh­ter and mother duo Leeza and Tu­lona Vin­cent and three other staff mem­bers.

“The big­gest thing we love to see is the growth of con­fi­dence in the stu­dents,” says Mrs Vin­cent.

Street Dance NZ launched was in 2007 in South Auck­land to pro­vide a plat­form for young peo­ple to grow through a shared dance ex­pe­ri­ence.

An af­fil­i­a­tion with Hip Hop In­ter­na­tional has paved the way for young peo­ple to achieve na­tional and in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

Hip Hop In­ter­na­tional was founded in 2002 and pro­duces mul­ti­ple live and tele­vised street dance com­pe­ti­tions.

Im­pe­ri­ous ju­nior crew Spo­ken will com­pete at a na­tional level in April along­side crews Rus­tic and Taken.

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