Dance Zone's hip-hop crew showcases some of the moves that won them two state titles in Brisbane.
Dance Zone's hip-hop crew showcases some of the moves that won them two state titles in Brisbane. Megan Pope

Boys have the right moves

THEY'VE already shown they are the hippest dancers in Queensland, now this young Maryborough crew is about to hop onto the national stage.

The young hip-hop troupe from Dance Zone was crowned dual state champions after winning the under-12 age group and open hip-hop divisions at the Australian All Stars Cheerleading Federation state championships in Brisbane, and placed third overall in all dance genres.

It's not a bad effort when you consider the seven boys - Lachlan Kruger, James Nagle, Kynan Watson, Brock Ryan, Cameron McMaster, Toby Southall and Bayden Buckland, aged nine to 12 - have only been dancing together for two years.

They had just two-and-half minutes to impress the judges with one routine.

Incorporating a stunning mix of dance moves, acrobatic tricks and comedy, the group not only won over the judges but mesmerised the crowd with their performance.

"Everyone started standing up and screaming," crew member Lachlan Kruger said.

"It was incredible."

Buoyed by their stunning success at state championships, the boys have stepped up training in the lead-up to nationals, which will be held in Sydney next month.

Dance Zone owner and coach Rebecca Kidd said the boys had put in a lot of hours into rehearsing and expected them to put on a good show.

"This is the best thing for them to move into the next round and a huge opportunity," Kidd said.

"They've worked really hard and deserve this.

"They are just so excited."

Before joining Dance Zone, Kruger, 12, learned his dance moves from YouTube.

The Riverside Christian College student described the chance to showcase his skills at a national competition as the "ultimate dreams".

"To perform against other kids across Australia is going to be a huge experience," he said.

The boys are looking for sponsors to get to national championships. To help contact Rebecca Kidd on 0432 587 044.

Catch the boys on stage at Dance Zone's annual concert at Brolga Theatre this Saturday. Performances are at 2pm and 6.30pm. Tickets available at the theatre.



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