by Greta Yeoman
The groovy moves of South Canterbury primary schoolers will be on show next week.
Sport Canterbury South Canterbury’s annual Jump Jam Extravaganza returns to the Timaru Theatre Royal on Thursday, June 27.
The organisation’s Jump Jam co-ordinator Lee King said 58 teams from 24 schools from Timaru, Waimate, Mt Somers, Glenavy and Fairlie would be taking part in the day-long extravaganza.
Last year’s competition marked the 10th anniversary of the event, which is a competitive version of the Jump Jam programme’s upbeat, aerobic, dance numbers.
Schools around the region have been using the Jump Jam resource, which was founded by two-time world aerobic champion Brett Fairweather, as an exercise option since 2000.
Those that compete in the extravaganza select a song from the programme they have under licence, Mrs King said.
While the music and dance routines in the licensed programmes are required to remain the same, schools have the flexibility to decide how to start and end their performances, what costuming will look like and what their formation on stage will be.
The competition is divided into three age group categories, with a novice and open section in each. This provided for new schools or pupils who could be nervous about competing against teams that had been taking part for several years, Mrs King said.
The competition is open to primary school pupils in years 1-8.
Heats for the day will begin at 8.30am and wrap up at 3pm.
Prizegiving for the novice teams would be held during that timeframe, but the open section finals and awards would be held that night, Mrs King said.
Up to 20 teams will perform at a finals showcase and prizegiving event on the Thursday evening, which will start at 6pm.
Entry during the day and to the evening showcase is $2, which goes towards running the event.
Seating is first-come-first-served and while turnover is steady during the day, as teams, parents and other supporters come and go with their pupils, the evening showcase is usually packed out by 6pm, Mrs King said.
“[It is] generally a full house.”