WINNERS: Dancers from the Roar Talent Dance Troupe with the spoils of their recents successes. Picture: Geoff JonesTWOtroupes from Richmond’s Roar Talent dance academy have been named category winners at Australia’s largest dance competition.
Fifty Roar Talent students in 28 dance troupes competed at the Showcase National Dance Championships Finals on the Gold Coast last week, receiving two big prizes on the final night.
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Roar Talent director, Cheryl Wade, said the Championships attracted over 10,000 people, with over 4,000 acts competing from Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada.
The Roar Talent students took-away five titles during the competition — for routines in the lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary genres — before going on to win outright in the junior category for a hip hop routine, and the teen category for a jazz routine.
“My performance group has trained a lot of hours to reach this level — more than eight hours per week throughout the year,” Wade told the Gazette.
The crew has scored two trips to Hawaii as prizes — which Wade says will go to the teachers this year — as well as $500 as runners-up in a third category.
“Last year we won a category and the kids got $1,000, but this year they decided to give it to the teachers. We put in a lot of work and donate a lot of our time. The kids got their trophies so they’re happy,” Wade said.
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