A group of Muckatah line dancers impressed judges at the Australian Line Dancing Championships last month.TONI BRIENT February 13, 2014 12:31pm
Dreamers and Dancers: Award-winning Muckatah line dancing team Oliver, Tristan, Amabel, Loklan and Scarlett.
A group of Muckatah line dancers impressed judges at the Australian Line Dancing Championships last month to win nine national titles and a swag of medals.
Siblings Amabel Grinter, 17, Oliver, 15, Tristan, 13, and Scarlett, 10, and friend Loklan Humphries, 10 compete as the team Dreamers and Dancers.
The competition was part of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The youngsters competed in about 40 duo, trio and team events to win places in 26.
Oliver said the group enjoyed the atmosphere at the championships.
‘‘I really liked going to the country music festival,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve been to competitions before but not like that.’’
Amabel said they were pleased with their results.
‘‘It was just good to be able to perform in front of people,’’ she said.
‘‘I was pretty proud, I think everyone was pretty happy.’’
Dance teacher Jenny Walker said the performance was impressive for a young team.
‘‘To be at the Australian championships at that age, especially for the 10-year-olds, they’ve just blown everybody away,’’ she said.
Ms Walker said each of the five began line dancing when they were in Prep and their hard work had made them into talented dancers.
‘‘They hadn’t competed at that level before. But you don’t go to the Australian championships unless you’re good.’’
Ms Walker hoped the success of young troupes like Dreamers and Dancers would help to overhaul the sport.
‘‘There’s a misconception about what line dancing is.
‘‘People associate it with older people and ‘boot scooting’, but it’s seriously nothing like that. They dance to a lot of very trendy music.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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