Royal Family Varsity World Hip Hop Dance Championships

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The Royal Family Varsity have qualified to represent New Zealand at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships!

The competition is in Arizona, USA and for many of our dancers who are of Maori and Pasifika descent, fundraising the money needed to participate has been an all year round combined effort. We're still short of $12,000 and need you on board to help with the final hurdle!

Our families fundraise most of the year to cover training costs, uniforms, trips and competition fees. Your support will mean we can travel to Arizona, USA to compete at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships and continue to chase our dreams and inspire other young people to do so too. The estimated cost per dancer this year is $1000 - we have 12 dancers we are currently raising funds for. This will help each dancer with the overall cost of representing Aotearoa on the international stage.

Our dancers are aged between 13-18 years and largely of Māori and Pasifika descent. We're developing leadership skills in our communities and contribute to the performing arts curriculum in our schools by supporting initiatives such as Stage Challenge and school dance productions. We train under the tutelage of Arts Foundation New Generation Award winner Parris Goebel  and come together to work on our craft five nights a week, all day Saturday and some Sundays - we work hard!

Attending school during the day and training late into the evening is tough, but we understand the benefits of hard work and believe in working together. We are fit, healthy and exactly the type of role models other youth look up to and aspire to be like.

Thank you so much for your support and belief in our purpose and mission to continue inspiring other young people. We are so excited to be going to the World Championships, and especially taking you along with us.

Every donation means so much to us, and expect updates from the other side!