Nagle girls hip-hop to it

Nagle students
Nagle students

Blacktown’s Nagle College hip-hop dancers dazzled judges last week to beat nine other local high schools in a ‘90s routine they choreographed all by themselves. 

The girls used a bit old-school charm to win the Parramatta Diocese Secondary Schools Sports Council (PDSSSC) Dance Competition - hip-hop section - at the Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith on 22 August for the second year in a row.

Hip-hop dancing is a major part of Nagle College’s DNA and it was common to see the girls dancing hip-hop style in the playground to their favourite music, according to teacher Ellen Atwood said 

“Adolescence is a time of self-discovery and hip-hop is a style of dance that provides students with the opportunity to express themselves in a supportive environment,” she said. 

“Dance is a big part of the culture here at Nagle with hip-hop being our most popular style. It is not uncommon to come across students in the playground dancing to their favourite tunes at Nagle. Every year Nagle runs a hip-hop crew that is led by the students.”

This year Ashley Umadhay and Cassandra Murray from Year 11 and Marjorie Laquian from Year 10 choreographed and led the girls through rehearsals. 

Ellen said the student-led show empowered the Nagle girls and gave them the opportunity to exercise their leadership skills and showcase their talent outside of school.  

“It also gives opportunity to connect with students from other grades, further developing their social skills,” she said. 

This is now Nagle's second year in a row that the girls have taken home first in this section.

Ellen said the girls were already talking about next year and the competitions that they would like to enter. 

“The current buzz amongst the group is the desire to make a return to the Bring it On Dance Competition where they were regular champions prior to the last two years off from the competition,” she said. 

“With the amount of talent and passion that there is in regards to dance at Nagle, I have no doubt that whatever the next step, the girls will give it their all and produce the best performance that they can.”
Posted By CathEd Parra at 31/08/2017 11:17:56 AM

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