05 Jun Global Dance & Cheer Games 2019
Hip Hop Stylin’
Swag, krump and reggaeton may sound like a foreign language to those of us who are over 30, but according to Year 11 student Milan Gulati, these are all styles of hip-hop dance. And, as Milan was recently awarded the top prize for Freestyle Hip Hop at the Global Dance & Cheer Games, I’m willing to take his word for it.
For teens who are passionate about street dance and cheerleading, this landmark annual event in Hawaii is a big deal. Only those who perform well at the qualifying national heats are invited to take part and participation huge amounts of fundraising and training.
Milan’s dance crew, Miz Leaguez, includes three other students from Pakuranga College, (Liam Miller – Year 11, Mark Hamilton – Year 13 and Tate Miller – Year 10), all of whom attend Jayes Dance in Howick. Months of training were finally rewarded when they took second place in the Senior Hip Hop division, which comprised 9 teams from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States and China.
Unlike their performance in the Senior Hip Hop division, Milan’s participation in the solo Freestyle Hip Hop event was completely unplanned. “They hand-picked about 20 dancers from the different crews”, he says, “and I was totally shocked when I was chosen. I’m not sure how I held my nerve, but I did!”
Pakuranga College was also well represented in cheerleading at the competition, with Year 9 student Kyra Roberts and her teammates from All Star Cheersport winning 3rd place in their division.