Southern rock'n'rollers show judges how

Six firsts, eight seconds and four thirds

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 03/04/2013
Invercargill Rock'n'Roll Club
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ROCK STARS: Invercargill Rock'n\Roll Club members, from left, Brittany Lay, 15, Caleb Lay, 13, Ellexa Robins, 7, Josh McNaughton, 8, Hannah Fitzgerald, 11, Quinn Robins, 11, Amber Grantham, 11, Caleb McNaughton, 14, and Mya Burns, 14, celebrate after winning first places at the Junior National Championships at Easter.

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Young Invercargill Rock'n'Roll Club members rocked around the clock to dominate the podium at the Junior National Championships.

Club president Karl Herman said the club had returned with more prizes than it ever had before, collecting six firsts, eight seconds and four thirds.

The championships were held in Lincoln during Easter.

Mr Herman said the standard of the competition had been very high, and so the wins were still sinking in for the young dancers.

"They just couldn't believe it. They said this can't be right, we're from Invercargill."

The youngsters had practised almost every day leading up to the competition, because rock and roll dancing was not just about being technically perfect, it was also about making the audience and judges believe partners really had a connection, he said.

"You've got to go on the floor like you're in love with each other, like you're going out."

Dancers and coaches would take a break, before regrouping and preparing for next year's championships, where they would be seen as stiff competition, he said.

Dancer Brittany Lay, 15, who won a first place trophy, said she was looking forward to taking a break from practising, but had enjoyed the championships.

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- The Southland Times

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