Hip hop Event moved to Town Hall

More than 400 competitors will travel to Dunedin this weekend for the National Schools’ Hip Hop and Aerobics Championships.
New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation Otago regional convener Tania Graham said the regional hiphop competition had been so popular, organisers had to move the national event from the King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre to the Dunedin Town Hall.
‘‘The aerobics is spread over two days, so people come and go. For the hip-hop it’s like a nighttime concert and the audience gets to see everything — it’s more condensed.’’
Competitors had to qualify for the national event by performing at regional events throughout the country. There will be 185 people making up27 hip-hop crews and 222 competitors in 135 aerobics events.
‘‘Numbers are definitely growing in the South Island, more so than in the North Island. The North Island tend to get into gym sports a bit more.
‘‘We’ve done a lot of work down here to upskill all of our coaches. That is definitely paying off. The standard at regionals was so much higher than the year before.’’
Both events would provide great entertainment for spectators, she said. – The hip-hop competition is on tomorrow at the Dunedin Town Hall. The aerobics competition is on Saturday and Sunday at Otago Boys’ High School. Ticketing information, see www.nzcaf.co.nz.