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Jump Jam champs…again!

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

A Hāwea Flat School Jump Jam team has won the South Island Jump Jam Competition for the second year in a row, and a second team from the school placed third in the competition.

Jump Jam is an aerobics discipline invented by world champion aerobics instructor Brett Fairweather. It combines fitness and dance, to a soundtrack of hip-hop and pop songs which appeal to school-age children.

An all-girls Hāwea Flat team of 15 Year 5 and 6 students, called Hāwea Flat Sass, competed at Christchurch Boys High School auditorium in the Advanced division of the competition, placing first in the South Island. The girls performed to ‘A Little Party' from The Great Gatsby (2013) movie.

The mixed team of 11 girls and five boys - Hāwea Flat Funk - placed third in the All Stars division, performing to ‘Uptown Funk'.

Hawea Flat School teacher Symone Craig,


a former aerobics instructor, developed the routine, which the teams spent weeks rehearsing.

“They gave up their lunch hours to practice,” she said.

“Basically what happens is the kids send in a qualification video back in August. They take the top eight teams across the South Island.

And then the qualifying teams come together in Christchurch.  The mixed team of 16 (11 girls and five boys) placed third in their category. The girls squad won their category again. And it was a really tough competition- it was really hard to pick who was going to win. They blitzed the lot!” said Craig.

Teams are judged on technical execution, creativity, and costumes. Each of the judges will critique a different part of the routine. There were requirements for the All Star division to have original formations and lines, and the Advanced division to have as much as 33 per cent original choreography, Craig said.

Funds were raised to cover the travel expenses through raffles of local services and products and lunches at the school. The Hāwea Community Association donated $2000 and a school family donated a further $1000.

Travelling to Christchurch with such large groups (of 32) was an expensive business, and funds were raised through raffles of local services and products and hot lunches at school.

In the overall competition South Island teams compete in Christchurch and North Island teams in a North Island location. Then the judges tally scores to determine the national winner. This will happen later in the month.

“So, on November 21 we will know whether we are South Island Champs, or National Champs,” said Craig.



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