by Margaret Setefano – WSHS Change Maker
THE House of Champions Hip Hop Dance competition is an initiative led by the Academy of Brothers, with a strong focus on uniting communities. The HOC Hip Hop Competition provides an innovative platform for rich cultural exchange and the promotion of uniting cultures through dance.
Academy of Brothers (AOB) worked alongside schools and community organisations to promote healthy choices, healthy communities and cultural pride throughout the competition. AOB believes that these important components will foster the development of a strong community and are achievable through respect and cooperation.
The Woodridge State High School House of Champions team for 2014, worked very hard from the beginning of March, to develop a really exciting and technically sophisticated Hip Hop Dance routine. In 2013 Woodridge achieved 3rd place in this competition, and have worked exceptionally hard to build a team, which functions as a family in order to better the 2013 result.
The hard work paid off, when on Saturday, 28th July, at St Laurence’s College, the Woodridge SHS students represented their school, community and families very proudly, taking out 1st place in the competition, winning a huge trophy, and $3000 towards the costumes and needs of 2015’s team.
The time and level of commitment that these students put in is commendable, and special mention must be made of our team leaders, who choreograph and coordinate the team of 24 dancers – Tony Lagaaia, Maesha Tinoai & Navarone Robertson, who’s individual talents are extraordinary.
Our Woodridge SHS community are very very proud of our team, for not only their commitment and their winning performance, but the way which they carried themselves throughout the entire competition, representing us all so proudly!
As a result of this success, the team has been invited to perform at a number of events including the Pacifica Unity Festival on August 30, and have also nominated to take part in ‘Remix’, another dance competition in November.