HIP HOP WINNERS: Roma dancers Kira Collie, Riley Bryen (seated), Demmi Yates (holding trophy) and Reyna Core will progress to the national finals of street dance competition World Supremacy Battlegrounds.
HIP HOP WINNERS: Roma dancers Kira Collie, Riley Bryen (seated), Demmi Yates (holding trophy) and Reyna Core will progress to the national finals of street dance competition World Supremacy Battlegrounds. Contributed

Roma dance group takes a walk on Da Wild Side

YOUNG Roma hip hop dance group Da Wild Side has won the young gun division at street dance competition World Supremacy Battlegrounds to progress to the nationals titles in Sydney in October.

Two crews from Dance West Roma competed at the Brisbane qualifying event with Kira Collie, Riley Bryen, Demmi Yates and Reyna Core emerging victorious.

Dance West principal Jodie Noon said the group name represented life in the country.

"We chose the name last year for the girls that sort-of represented country kids and the wildlife out here,” she said.

"It also uses the initials DW, which is the name of the dance school.”

Ms Noon said the girls' efforts in all crews should not go unnoticed as they put in hours of training to achieve their goal.

"It's a really good achievement and great honour,” she said.

"The girls have worked really hard and were so dedicated throughout the whole competition.”

Training twice a week in the lead-up to the competition, the girls ramped up their efforts as the competition approached, Ms Noon said.

"They usually train once a week but they added another session to double their training schedule and ran it themselves to be confident in their preparation, as I live 90 minutes away from the studio,” she said.

"The competitive crews all require 100 per cent attendance so they can't miss any of the classes all year just because it creates an issue with practise, partnerships and spacing.

"Commitment to training is one of the hardest challenges for our crews because obviously, in Roma, there's other activities they can be a part of.”

"It's a pretty big sacrifice to make, that the girls are super willing to do that.”


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