Kawerau dancer heads to Vegas

Date published: July 6, 2012 at 10:13 am | Comments

Kawerau dancer Joseph McClutchie, 20, is headed for the bright neon lights of Las Vegas to compete in the Hip Hop International World Championships.

Billed as the world’s most celebrated dance event, the championships are being held from July 30 to August 5, with more than 35 countries competing.

McClutchie, a former Kawerau College student and Kawerau Youth Council member, helped form the town’s Fusion Dance crew when he was at school.

Now he works in a pie factory by day and dances with Tauranga company Urban Dance in his spare time.

He is part of the company’s MegaCrew dance team, which placed third in its division at the New Zealand Street Dance national competition in April – securing a ticket to Vegas.

It is the second year the MegaCrew division – for large dance groups of around 15 people – has been included in the championship.

Mr McClutchie said he had been part of Urban Dance for just over a year, but he discovered his passion for dancing in his early teens.

“It was the only thing keeping me out of trouble.”

He said the theme for his crew’s world performance will be based around sororities and fraternities.

The Las Vegas trip will be the first time he has travelled overseas.

He said the crew had been fundraising for the trip by performing in schools around the Bay of Plenty.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fundraising can make a donation to the Urban Dance Youth Trust through account number 06-0433-0449874-00, using “Joseph McClutchie” as a reference.

Source: Whakatane Beacon