Dance teacher Sheniya White of Stanmore Bay will compete at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship with mega crew ID CO in August.
Sheniya, aged 20, teaches at the Warkworth Performing Arts studio and has been hip hop dancing since she switched from ballet when she was five years old.
Her mega crew ID CO came first in their division at the Hip Hop National Championship last month, winning a spot at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship to be held in Arizona.
This will be Sheniya’s first international dance competition, although she has danced at nationals five times with three different crews.
It is also the first time ID CO has won the nationals, which have traditionally been dominated by The Palace Dance Studio that came third in the mega crew division at the world championship last year.
Sheniya says her crew has lots of new members and their goal is to finish in the top three. This will mean increasing their training despite already having an intensive programme prior to nationals.
“We learnt our nationals dance a few weeks before the event, which meant training seven days a week and up to 11 hours a day. A lot of people don’t realise how physically hard these dances are. It’s like sprinting for four minutes non-stop on stage.”
The World Hip Hop Dance Championship will be held from August 6–12.