Dancers heading to Hong Kong

CASSANDRA POKONEY
Last updated 12:31 02/07/2014
Jazztime group
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'THRILLED': Dancers, from front, Tayla Shepherd, Keely Hughes and Jordan Skelt lead a group from Jazztime as they prepare to head to Hong Kong on Friday for a series of dance workshops.

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Young dancers from Jazztime are preparing to don sparkly costumes and head to Hong Kong.

The 29 dancers will travel to Hong Kong on Friday where they will take part in a series of workshops and also dance at Disneyland Hong Kong.

Jazztime owner Lou Horo said it was a thrill to be dancing at Disneyland.

The group would have a 15-minute slot in the pre-parade festivities.

Dancing in 30 degrees Celsius or more would be a challenge but the group, which included one boy, was excited, she said.

The group would take part in Chinese dancing, hip hop, jazz funk, and contemporary dance workshops and would also travel to Thailand where they would visit a girls' refuge.

They would take stationery to the refuge and also teach the girls the haka.

In turn, the girls at the refuge would teach the Jazztime group Thai dance, Horo said.

The group had raised about $60,000 for the 13-day trip.

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- The Southland Times

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