By Caitlan Johnston and Horiana Henderson
Tauranga Intermediate School have taken out the championship hip hop title at the 14th annual Anchor AIMS Games.
The dance crew had trained for five hours today before taking the stage, according to manager Carla Beazley. They were up against 24 schools.
AIMS Games performance groups coordinator Sarah Martin said crews from the East Auckland Schools were expected to do well. “East Auckland schools are good,” Martin says.
But last year’s champions Bucklands Beach Intermediate, an East Auckland school, was pushed back to second equal to make room at the top for Tauraunga Intermediate. Saint Kentigern College, another East Auckland school, tied for the silver medal.
Both silver medallist routines were choreographed by Royal Family dance crew member Maddy Barnett, who recently returned home from the World Hip Hop Championships in Arizona. The 22-year-old choreographer taught her schools their routines in the two weeks leading up to the competition.
Beazley was blown away that Tauranga Intermediate managed to wrestle the win from the big city teams.
“To beat the Auckland teams – it’s such a huge thing,” Beazley says.
The night also saw Maeroa Intermediate awarded 3rd place. Pinehurst Junior School was awarded the outstanding sportsmanship award.
Earlier in the day, aerobic and cheerleading teams competed. Bucklands Beach Intermediate won both of these divisions.