Shepparton-based hip-hop group Rhythm Ground Crew has tasted success recently, claiming awards at three dance competitions.By Estelle Griepink
There’s no other word for it — Shepparton dance crew Rhythm Ground Crew is cool.
Members pop, lock and freestyle seamlessly to bass heavy hip-hop tracks, never leaving their audience bored for a second.
So in sync is the crew it’s hard to believe its eight members, aged between 14 and 17, have only been dancing together since March.
RGC is based at Amy Newton Dance Studios, Shepparton, but has been making waves statewide.
It won first place at an Albury dance competition last month and walked away with awards from two other competitions, Got Swag and Battlegrounds.
Member Eddie Bryant said his reason for dancing with the crew was simple.
‘‘It’s my life,’’ the Shepparton boy, 17, said.
‘‘I practice roughly four times a week.
‘‘I’ve always loved dancing and it’s where I feel most comfortable.’’
Coach Buki Newton said the crew’s success came from its members’ passion.
‘‘It’s their freedom, it’s their expression,’’ Miss Newton, 21, said.
‘‘They get to express themselves on stage, but at the same time they’re close like a family.’’
Miss Newton said while there was not a big hip-hop scene in Shepparton, she was hoping for a change.
‘‘I’m looking to do something bigger if I can get some interest, like a hip-hop competition with rappers, dancers and urban acts,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone says they want to clean up the streets — we could do more performances on the streets, hold kids’ dance comps, discos, where they can all compete.’’
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