Three Temuka girls have qualified for Australia's largest dance competition.
Lily-Rose Hanley, 13, Amelia Francis, 13, and Sophie Kearns, 9, will compete at the Showcase National Dance Championships on the Gold Coast in January, after picking up a large haul of medals, sashes, ribbons and plaques at a Christchurch competition over the weekend.
The dancers all learn at Hayley Butcher Dance Studio in Temuka and have all been dancing since they were four years old.
"I'm very proud of them. They have been dancing and practising so hard to get up to that level," said Mrs Butcher.
Lily-Rose was also picked as one of four dancers from the competition to compete in the Dancer of the Year (pre-teen division) at the championships.
"I was really shocked when they announced my name because only a few get through," said Lily-Rose.
As well as competing in the elite division of the competition, she will also have the opportunity to dance as an opening act at Jupiters Casino and attend three workshops where she will learn a group dance to perform on the final night.
The performers qualified after they made the top 10 in their age groups at a Christchurch competition over the weekend.
"It's super exciting, we did not expect them to get into the top 10 because they were competing against ballet and jazz as well," said Mrs Butcher.
There will be no down time for the girls over Christmas and New Year, as they will be practising hard to perfect technique and routines.
Lily-Rose said competition against the top dancers was going to be scary. However she was looking forward to seeing her idol, award-winning American tap dancer Sophia Lucia, at the competition.
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