Young dancers step up in heat of battle

Unit 101 members (from left) Shannon Philip, Kayla McDowell, Laura Couch, Tabitha Alexander, Eli Sturgess-Myers, Jemima Sonnet, Chelsea Bickerton, Brittney O’Keefe and Nicola McKenzie with their most promising award (Absent: Lachlan Trigg). 140721DW66 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Unit 101 members (from left) Shannon Philip, Kayla McDowell, Laura Couch, Tabitha Alexander, Eli Sturgess-Myers, Jemima Sonnet, Chelsea Bickerton, Brittney O’Keefe and Nicola McKenzie with their most promising award (Absent: Lachlan Trigg). 140721DW66 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

LESS than a year ago Sheridan McCarthy stood holding a list of names of kids interested in her Dance Studio 101 classes.

Last Saturday she watched as they were judged among Victoria’s top 10 dance crews.

The troupe of 10 dancers, aged 12-18, known as Unit 101, came eighth in the Battleground competition held in Preston — earning them the Most promising award. 

They were the only dancers from country Victoria and were up against Melbourne crews. 

“They got a big cheer from all the other kids and I thought ‘where’s the cheering coming from?’ because we don’t know anyone here,” Ms McCarthy said. 

The group had only been training for a short time at the Uniting Church on Koroit Street and their teacher was a little taken back by the result. 

“I just thought I’d enter them to give them a go,” she said. 

Now the group is setting its sights on the next big challenge, the national World Supreme Battlegound on October 3. Succeed there and they could be off to an international competition in Las Vegas in the United States. 

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