Sol-T-Shine gets in a dance “Olympic”
July 18, 2012 Kenta Masuda of Ryukyu Shimpo
Sol-T-shine, a dance group from the Tida Dance Studio in Chatan, gained entry to the World Hip-Hop Championship 2012 to be held on August 1 in Las Vegas, which is known as the dance Olympics.
The group consists of eight elementary school and junior high-school pupils. On July 9, three of them, who attend Ginowan Junior High School, Hinano Nishihara, Nanase Tomimura, and Hijiri Matsudo, visited Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima to pledge that they will do their best.
According to their instructor, Natsumi Fukumoto, approximately 300 teams from 40 countries will participate in the competition. Fukumoto introduced the members as very keen dancers who clearly are excited when taking part in practice.
The members of the dance group told the mayor that they aim to become the best in the world. Mayor Sakima encouraged them to aim for the top and hoped that they have a wonderful experience at the competition. The Ginowan Municipal Office presented the group with a gift of 20000 yen.
At 5:00pm on July 22 an event will be held to wish them well at the music and dance venue called ando in Chatan.
(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)
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