Team's flipping good moves

23:53, Nov 29 2012
Successful Salsa: Star Dance Academy dancers Tineka Houra, 12, left, Caleb Griffiths, 14, and Hannah Braddick, 13, display the trophies they won in the Australian and International Salsa Solo dance competition in Brisbane.

Three Marlborough young people can now call themselves the best young salsa dancers in Australia and New Zealand after winning a salsa competition held in Brisbane last weekend.

Tineka Houra, 12, Caleb Griffiths, 14, and Hannah Braddick, 13, from the Star Dance Academy in Grovetown took first place in the youth section of the Salsa Solo Australian and International dance competition.

The three-day event also included international guest instructors, dance work shops, shows and parties with live bands.

The Marlborough group, known as Star Suave Team, danced a routine that required the girls to flip the boy, a move they only perfected on the day of the competition.

"We had to do it in heels, which was tough," Tineka said. "It is pretty hard to do, not everyone can do it."

Tineka placed third in the youth solo section and said she was the first to go on stage in her section.


"I was pretty nervous but I got over it. I just had fun on the stage."

Caleb said he felt pretty good about his performance, coming fourth in the competition sole competition.

"Afterwards I was out of breath, the adrenaline was pumping. In the performance you don't really think. I have been practicing for ages, I know the steps. It was a good feeling."

To get to the competition the group fundraised with sausage sizzles and public sponsorship. The troupe will have to crank up the fundraising barbecue again for the next big event - a dance congress in Sydney in January.


The Marlborough Express