Record entries for Pirie dance extravaganza

The Bounce Born team won the Rave Dance Event contested by a record number of entries in Port Pirie.

Event director Natasha English McCulloch said there had been about 140 items and 300 competitors on the two days at Northern Festival Centre.

Natasha, of Port Pirie, is also administrator of Hip-Hop-Bounce dance academy and coaches the Bounce Born team which won the overall title. 

Dancers came from Streaky Bay, Minlaton, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Clare, Jamestown, Peterborough and Port Pirie to celebrate ballet, tap, jazz, calisthenics and cheer.

“They loved it … I had kids coming to me with tears in their eyes thanking me for holding the event,” Natasha said.

“We interviewed kids on stage after they danced. A recurring theme was that you have the ability to express yourself and there is always something new to learn and the importance of having fun.

“The difference between dance and sport is that in dance while there is an important technique, there is no right or wrong, but in sport you have either made a goal or you have not.”

She said dance was gaining in popularity thanks to television shows on the subject. “The culture is growing. It is really exciting,” she said.

Young dancers got to see their idols when the Sydney Dance Company greeted them. Workshops were conducted for Hip-Hop Bounce and Caberfeidh members by the visiting company at the Northern Festival Centre last Thursday. On Saturday night, after the company took the stage, there was a question-and-answer session.