Muswellbrook's Expressions School of Dance targets major competitions in New Zealand, United States

MEMBERS of Expressions School of Dance will be hip-hopping and cheering their way around the globe over the next nine months.

A group of 10 talented girls (Emily Fear, Kiah Eeles, Lacey Eeles, Tayla Spicer, Tiarne Forder, Kobi Dunn, Haylee Geihe, Aurelia Russo, Lily Mears and Kaeleigh Rieck) are bound for New Zealand in September, while another 18 have Hawaii in their sights in May.

Owner and teacher Amy Foster admitted it was a great opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their skills – at both events.

“We’ve never participated at the New Zealand dance competition before,” she said.

“In fact, it is the first time anyone from here’s done that.

“So, to be invited over there is a huge thing for the girls, especially as it’s an international event.

“They’re stoked – and working extra hard on their routines.

“From cheerleading to jazz, all dance styles are catered for.

“We’ll fly out of Australia on September 14; for seven days of competition.

“It is a terrific chance for the kids and we’re hoping to pick up a few places.”

But, Hawaii looms as another big challenge.

Expressions School of Dance recently shone at Sydney, in July, which allowed the studio to return to the Global Cheer and Dance Games in 2019.

“We placed first – and won three bids [for Hawaii],” Foster said.

“So, we’ll be represented in the dance section; lyrical, jazz and hip-hop.

“Again, the girls are training rigorously.

“Last year was our initial appearance at the Global Cheer and Dance Games.

“And, it was an incredible experience; one they’ll never forget.

“There will be a lot of new girls making the trip this time.

“The studio placed third [in 2017] – so, we’re hoping to improve on that result.

“However, it won’t be all about the competition either.

“They’ll do a bit of sightseeing and enjoy the cultural traditions in New Zealand and Hawaii, too.”