Dance troupe wins roaring applause

KIAMA dancers have prowled their way to success at the Showcase National Dance Championships, taking out the award for best costume.

Students from Dance Sensations Kiama, aged six to 23, attended the competition held at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast in January.

The 70 participants performed 20 group routines and 20 solo routines between them, winning eight group sections across jazz, hip-hop, cheerleading and contemporary styles.

But it was the troupe's mass performance of The Lion King that gained the judges' attention - three generations of lions, a herd of African animals and acrobatics won them the best costume award.

Of the solo performers, Lily Guthrie, from Berry, had the third-highest scoring pre-teen routine, and Kiama's Tahni Meyers' junior solo scored ninth-highest overall.

Fellow students Jesi Hinds and Georgia Lee were also awarded places.

Dance Sensations Kiama director Amanda Lay was proud of the students' efforts, saying the results were "beyond our wildest dreams".

"To compete alongside Australia's most prestigious dance schools is an honour, let alone to come away with so many accolades."

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