Six of Groovit’s dance instructors will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona in August, after placing in the top three at the recent Hip Hop International national competition.
Ben Lowe, Amber-Lee Kelliher, Latesha Latu, Jordan Ikitule, Ezra Moe and Caitlin Browne all competed with their crews and placed in the top three of their division(s) to make the cut to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship.
Caitlin Browne, Latesha Latu, Jordan Ikitule and Ezra Moe are also part of Ambush crew, for Dancebeat Academy (DBA). They placed third in the adult crew category. “I’ve never been to Worlds before, so it’s really exciting,” Caitlin said.
Ben Lowe went to worlds last year. He will once again be dancing with all-boys crew, Swagganauts, a crew from the IDentity Dance Company (IDCO), who placed third at nationals. Ben, and Amber-Lee Kelliher also dance for IDCO mega crew Yung ID who will also be heading to Worlds after coming first in the national finals. “You know what to expect, and the level at Worlds,” Ben said. Both he and Amber-Lee are looking forward to going back to compete.
Caitlin said the fact that six of Groovit’s instructors will be competing at Worlds shows the calibre of the staff. “We’re all chasing our dreams, and it’s really cool for the students to see that, especially because they look up to you. The kids will be so excited. They love it.”
The crews train several times a week, with the holidays proving to be crunch time. “It was full on. We train every day for six to ten hours,” Amber-Lee said. Caitlin said, “It’s a two minute routine. The preparation leading up to it is insane.”
While the excitement for Worlds has begun, fundraising is about to kick off, with Groovit to hold some weekend workshops. “We’re working out how classes will run over the week when six of our eight instructors will be away,” said Rochelle Browne.
“However, we’re willing to close so they can go,” Rochelle said. “It’s such an achievement and we’re so proud of them.”
More than 4000 of the world’s best dancers will come together for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Crews from more than 50 countries will compete.
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