A group of Lumsden hip hop dancers proved you don't have to be the biggest to be among the best.
They grabbed a top-three placing at the Otago-Southland regional aerobic and hip hop championships recently.
The year 4 Lumsden Dynamiters team are now off to compete at the nationals in Dunedin next month after beating their much older competitors and coming second in the regional competition.
Coach Amanda Senior said the talented troupe of dancers, all aged 8 or 9, competed in the year 4 to 8 section in Invercargill two weeks ago, meaning they were against dancers aged up to 12 and 13.
''I'm just so proud. They worked so hard at it,'' Ms Senior said.
The dancers, a mix of boys and girls, gave up their lunchtimes to perfect their moves, she said.
Lumsden School often does well at the hip hop competition with a team of years 5 and 6 coming second at the nationals two years ago, she said.
''It's growing. Each year gets bigger and better.
''So many kids wanted to do it.''
Lumsden School also had a year 5 and 6 team entered in the regionals, who came sixth overall.
Dancer Olivia Wilkinson, 9, said it was fun working as a team.
All the dancers agreed it was an awesome thing to be involved in.
Lumsden School principal Andrew Watson said he was proud not only of their achievements but of the hard work and preparation they put in to it.
''They did so well.''
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