Kids jumping for joy over exercise

Jump Jam 'popular and competitive'

Last updated 05:00 26/06/2014
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BOW WOW: South Canterbury’s annual Jump Jam extravaganza was held yesterday at the Theatre Royal. The St Andrew’s Pawfectionist group competed in the year 1-4 category to the song Who Let The Dogs Out?

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Children shook their stuff at the annual South Canterbury Jump Jam extravaganza yesterday.

Sport Canterbury (SC) co-ordinates the event, which involves schools entering teams to put on aerobic displays to music.

SC spokeswoman Lee King said it was a fabulous day.

"I am amazed at the skills they bring to the stage, especially the year 7s and 8s," she said.

King was proud of the older group in particular, who she said had progressed through the years and were doing phenomenal performances.

"Any one of those teams could have gone through to the finals," she said.

A range of choreography and songs is supplied as part of the Jump Jam programme. The schools just need to decide on their costumes, transitions on stage and energy levels.

The Waimataitai Dazzling DJs was one of those groups.

It consisted of 11 girls and was mentored by teacher Emily Stocker.

Stocker said there had been trials for the event, proving how popular and competitive Jump Jam had become since its inception in 2009.

Student Kiya Dominey, 13, said it was exhausting but lots of fun.

Kiya was sad it was her last year to participate, as she was off to high school next year.

Fellow student Ana Affleck, 12, said she had loved the experience, not just the performance side of it.

"We are like sisters now," she said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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