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.’’
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