Cooma dancers compete at national championship

A group of 10 young dancers from Cooma will be among some 5,000 performers from across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States who will take to the stage to compete in the Showcase National Dance Championships on the Gold Coast this week.

Safia Nassar, Grace Clarke, Tayla Robinson, Memphis Forrest, Brady Jones, Lucy Thornton, Rose Litchfield, Ella Davis, Alana Hain and Tiarne Brown left for the championships on Wednesday where they will perform at Jupiters Casino.

They are students from the Monaro Dance Centre- one of the 200 dance schools to be represented at the Championships.

It is a big achievement for the young dancers and the local dance school, being the first time Monaro Dance Centre director and principal teacher Kayla Ross has taken a group to the competition.

"I've taken two solo students up there before but never a group," Miss Ross said.

"This same group went to Disneyland [last year] so I think they are up for anything."

In September, the group shined at the Showcase Regional Dance Championships in Canberra.

The school's Junior Contemporary Troupe received the highest scoring junior troupe overall at the competition.

All five troupes placed first in their sections with their performances.

The students have been practising for three to four days a week for four months in preparation for the Nationals.

They will be performing five routines - two in jazz, one in hip hop, one in contemporary and one in lyrical. Each will be about three and half minutes.

Miss Ross expected there would be some tough competition but said the students were excited for the experience.

"They [the Cooma dancers] range in age from seven to 12-years-old and will be performing together and they will be up against some troupes who are all 12-years-old," she said.

"They are all good friends so I think they are excited to all go on a holiday together."

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