South Canterbury dancers Sophie Valentine and Lily-Rose Hanley competed to qualify at a regional competition of “Get the Beat” held in Christchurch earlier in the year.
The duo qualified by receiving a top five placing in their respective age groups.
Their results mean they won the right to dance in the finals at Coloundra, Gold Coast.
Both girls were successful in their age groups and were placed in the top three with their routines.
There were 22 regional events held throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with a total of 15,000 acts.
The girls were assessed by a panel of adjudicators from the US and Australia, including people who had a background as professional dancers, studio owners and choreographers with a great deal of experience.
The competition ran for five days,using two stage areas with a rotation of three adjudicators in each theatre.
Dance styles comprised of tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop, from soloist through to groups in all age groups.
The scoring system was diamond, platinum, high gold and gold.
Sophie Valentine: Tap solo, 5th place, High Gold Award, Champion of Champions under 13yrs age group with tap routine; High Gold Award – Teacher: Kaye Blackham. Student Choreography, Lyrical High Gold Award. Classical Ballet Teacher: Jill Ranger – High Gold Award.
Lily-Rose Hanley: Tap Solo routine 6th place & Champion of Champions Senior Division
High Gold Award Teacher: Kyra Butler.
Kaye Blackham, Kaye Blackham Dance Studio