Dynamic dancers delight comp judges and Justice Crew

PERFORMERS from T.H.A.T.S Dance at St Marys carried off the Nowra Stage Dance Festival Most Entertaining award.

The dance studio performed acrobatics and contortions as it competed with other troupes as support acts for the band, Justice Crew, on September 9.

T.H.A.T.S Dance owner Tracy Smith said her studio had won trophies before, but winning a championship at the Nowra festival was something special.

"We were Justice Crew's support act," Mrs Smith said. "The girls enjoyed meeting them and doing a workshop with them."

She said she knew her students were working hard when the audience gasped and groaned at the girls twisting themselves into almost unbelievable shapes.

Ashlee Hitchen, 14, said it was exciting to meet Justice Crew and to win the Most Entertaining award.

"I was surprised we won," she said. "But it was good anyway; I like entertaining people."

Six-year-old Maddison Hitchen said she also liked meeting Justice Crew.

"It's always fun dancing," she said.

Ally Hall, 17, said she loved doing acrobatics and contortions.

Jordan Bishop, 15, loved a good audience reaction.

Sixteen-year-old Tayla McIntyre-Baker said the festival reminded her of why she danced and trained.

"I get an adrenalin rush performing," she said. "One day, I'd like to go to the circus."

Twelve-year-old Breanna Oakes said she liked competing.

"I get really excited, but I don't get upset if I don't win," she said. "I just love doing it."

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