Hip-hop dancers strut their stuff
Dance crews square off at Shakedown contest
Nelson is earning a name for itself as the home of South Island hip-hop, as more than 150 dancers descended on the city for a championship competition.
Organiser of the Shakedown Hip Hop Dance Championships, Gemma Laing, was thrilled with the number of contestants and the audience of around 600 which packed the Annesbrook Church auditorium on Saturday night.
Overall winners were the dancers of the Origin crew from Nelson.
It was the fourth year the competition has been held, and it just keeps getting better, she said.
"Each year there are more dance crews and the standard of dance improves," said Ms Laing, who is also a fulltime dance coach.
She said judges assessed creativity, technique and execution of hip-hop, plus presentation and choreography.
Judges on Saturday included members of Auckland's Identity Dance Crew which recently placed second at the world championships in Las Vegas.
Ms Laing said the idea for the contest came from her awareness when travelling to North Island events, that there was no South Island representation.
"We really needed to grow it here, and on Saturday I saw the benefit of that thinking," she said.
Saturday's event went for 2 hours and included performances by guest dancers. Ms Laing was thrilled so many turned out to see it, including plenty of young families.
"I have grown up dancing but I love hip-hop because it gives kids and youth something to work towards - a focus for training and something to aspire to."
Winners: Junior team, New Crew; varsity team, Origin; open team, MDS; junior solo, Analese Fon; senior solo, Jeffery Hu; small team, Jordana Arnold and Cj Wilkins. First overall, Origin.
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