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Gold Coast Championships


















The Gold Coast Modern Jive Championships were held from 17th – 19th July this year, and Le Bop had a formidable team of 13 dancers go along to compete. Many of us arrived on the Friday, sleep deprived from early morning flights, with costumes half unfinished and supplies of sequins and thread in tow. Arriving early gave us the chance to explore Surfers Paradise, where we were staying, check out the shops and restaurants, and have a nap before the frenzied weekend of dancing really began!

The comp kicked off with the Friday night dance party, which was held at the competition venue, giving everyone a chance to try out the floor before competition day. There was a live band playing, as well as some DJ sets, providing a variety of music. There were many dancers there that we recognised from previous comps, and a lot of new faces. Dancing with new people that you don’t usually get the chance to dance with has to be one of the best parts of going to interstate comps!

Team and cabaret run throughs happened early on Saturday morning, meaning those of us involved didn’t get much of a sleep in. We headed to the venue to warm up and practice the routines on the stage. After that, it was time to do our hair and makeup, put on our costumes, and get ready to compete!

The first events were the heats for the Dance With a Stranger (DWAS) category. After that, there were heats for some of the more “fun” categories, including Mix and Match, over 40s and Girls Blind. Le Bop were represented in almost all of the categories, except for over 40s – I guess we will need to round up some more mature competitors for this category in the future!


The freestyle heats and semis were up next. Many of us had been practicing with our partners for weeks, but a few brave souls had partnered up with someone from interstate, and only met the night before! Freestyle was a great event to watch, as the moves being performed tended to have a higher level of difficulty than in DWAS.

The finals were on after a dinner break, and we had competitors in finals for 9 of the 15 categories, which was a great achievement! A highlight was the Battle of the Sexes competition, which saw male-male and female-female partnerships battle it out to be named the ultimate champion. The Champions DWAS and Freestyle finals were spectacular as always, with dancers trying to outdo each other with everything from flying kicks and backflips to top rocks and an incredible arm-to-body wave (still trying to figure out the mechanics of this one!).

After the finals, it was time to move on to the choreographed categories – cabaret and team routines. Le Bop had two cabarets and a team routine, which was a great effort for an interstate group! Watching the other routines was very inspirational, and I think I won’t be the only one stealing a few moves for future use!



















After a long day of competing, it was time for the award presentations. A nerve-wracking process for everyone! We are pleased to announce that Le Bop had a very successful competition, and came away with the following medals:

DWAS Beginners Boys:

Second: Joshua Balbin

DWAS Intermediate 2 Boys:

First: Moses Mkusa

Freestyle - Beginners

Third: Joshua Balbin & Jessica Ryan

Freestyle - Intermediate 2

First: Ben Seyer & Fiona Kaye

Girl Battle

Third: Hadas Danziger & Kaarin Goode

Guy Battle

Third: Ben Jury & Ben Seyer

Cabaret

First: Beata Khaidurova & Rowan Marshall

Second: Jemima Strambini & Allwyn Fernandes

Team

Second: Le Bop - Dirty Diana

 

Well done to everyone! Every category was very competitive, and it was a big achievement to even make the finals, let alone place. After the comp, we celebrated with pizza, and then headed back to the hotel for a well-deserved sleep.

On the Sunday morning we went to Pancakes on the Rocks for our traditional post-comp breakfast, then back to the comp venue for workshops , a barbeque and tea dance. Some of us were lucky enough to stay on and spend a few more days on the (relatively) sunny Gold Coast. For the rest of us, it was back on the plane for the flight home after an amazing but exhausting weekend!

We later discovered that the comp had been covered by a Gold Coast community TV channel, and you can watch the segment here!

A big thanks to Jason and the team for hosting a great weekend!
Now we are looking forward to heading to Brisbane for the Queensland Modern Jive Championships in October, and we hope to take a few new faces with us! If you are interested in competing interstate, feel free to talk to any of the friendly Le Bop teachers in class, and we can tell you all about it!

Beata