Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

On August 5, in Las Vegas, Sol-T-Shine came first in their category in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship.

August 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2012 was held from August 1 to 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. About 300 teams from about 40 countries participated in the event. Sol-T-Shine, a team made up of eight Okinawan children in elementary and junior high school, won the first prize in the varsity category for 12 to 18 year-olds.

The members are the pupils of T-da Dance Studio in Chatan: Kira Matsuda who is in the third year of Furugen Junior High School, Hinano Nishihara and Nanase Tomimura in the second year of Ginowan Junior High School, Hijiri Matsudo in the first year at the same school, Kako Tokumoto in the second year of Nakagusuku Junior High School, Kirina Harada in the first year of Matsushiro Junior High School, Runa Toma in the first year of Iraha Junior High School and Ramu Inamine who is in the six year of Furugen-Minami Elementary School.

Sol-T-Shine came first, progressing through the preliminaries and the semifinal in a category in which there were 41 teams from all over the world. At the final stage of the contest, the power of their performance brought them out ahead of some world-class competitors. Matsuda said, “We worked really hard to compete in this event, so the result brought tears to my eyes. I’m very grateful to the teachers who supported us with assistance on choreography and by creating music for us.”

Katsuya Rocco Hudson, the head of the studio, said, “I’m proud of them for having worked so hard in training for achieving their dream and goal.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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