Rebecca Wagner and her cousin Joel Brian have plenty to dance about, after placing third in the Victorian Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Association state titles.By Monique Freer
Rebecca Wagner and her cousin Joel Brian have plenty to dance about, after placing third in the Victorian Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Association state titles.
Held in Greensborough on Saturday, May 11, the competition had 22 sections and saw competitors descend on the local hall from across Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW and New Zealand.
The cousins, who have been dancing together for eight years, also placed first in the Young Adults No Lifts and second in the Adult Advanced sections.
Ms Wagner said she began rock ‘n’ roll dancing in Year 7, thanks to the influence of her parents.
‘‘Our parents started and we just sort of tagged along,’’ she said. ‘‘In the end it was us dragging them along.’’
This year marks the fourth year they have competed in the state titles, having won the youth category in 2010 and placed third and fourth respectively in the 2011 and 2012 adult categories.
The fantastic results are particularly noteworthy given the couple had hardly practised before the competition.
‘‘This year, we only practised three times,’’ Ms Wagner said. ‘‘We didn’t have a lot of time this year.’’
With Mr Brian in Bendigo for university, the couple struggled to meet up for practice, but found they could prepare over the phone.
‘‘We can do a lot of training over the phone,’’ Ms Wagner said. ‘‘We don’t actually have a set routine.’’
The cousins now have their sights firmly set on the Melbourne Open, where they placed second last year by a narrow margin.
‘‘This year we’re trying to win that,’’ Ms Wagner said. ‘‘It’s just a bit of fun, I like competing.’’
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