Mosman Hip Hop Crew torch competition to win Gold at National Championships.

Students Alex and Elleke told Mosman Collective they are looking forward to a challenging year.

“We are now learning our new routines for this season, and also working towards nationals again,” Alex said.

“It takes discipline and commitment to dance at this level, but when you work hard the rewards can be great.”

“We obviously want to win as a group, and we’re also hoping there might be some new local talent out there who wants to join,” Elleke added.

The girls trained for 12 months and say they were “overwhelmed” to win first place.

The girls explained that DFA not only provided them with lifelong friendships and bonds, but also equipped them with skill sets that can be used in all aspects of life.

“Dancing has made me more confident in all aspects of my life,” Elleke said.

“Being part of DFA has given me courage to just go for it and not to be embarrassed, so now I feel like I’m a different person.”

“Hip Hop dancing means stepping out of your comfort zone – and it is such a good feeling when you are on stage,” Alex said.

Local kids from Kindy up are encouraged to become part of the Dance First Academy family.

The championship group spends up to eight hours training each week.

“The long hours have made us all very close as a group and we have a special bond,” Elleke said, “it all just clicked for us and our respect for each other definitely helped us win gold.”

Local kids interested in joining Dance First Australia will find the studio inside Fitness First on Vista St.

No prior experience is needed.

There are also Mini and Junior classes available for Kindergarten-Year 6 focused on developing confidence, coordination, creativity and fun.

For more information, you can visit the DFA website or their Facebook page.

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