Hip crew set for Vegas hop


The Pioneers based in Sydney have qualified to represent Australia at the Hip Hop International World Championships this August in Las Vegas.

The Pioneers based in Sydney have qualified to represent Australia at the Hip Hop International World Championships this August in Las Vegas.

The Pioneers based in Sydney have qualified to represent Australia at the Hip Hop International World Championships this August in Las Vegas.

The Pioneers based in Sydney have qualified to represent Australia at the Hip Hop International World Championships this August in Las Vegas.

A LIVERPOOL dance crew will represent Australia at the Hip Hop International World Championships in Las Vegas.

The Pioneers were third at the Australian national competition in May and will head to the next level in August.

For some members, the Pioneers are more than just a dance crew. They are like a family.

Several group members had lived on the streets before receiving support from the Ted Noffs Foundation, and Street University in Liverpool.

Liverpool resident Lauren Babic joined the crew early last year and said it had been extremely rewarding.

"The Pioneers is a group where you can be yourself," the 19-year-old said.

"It is also a platform that helps youth get off the streets and it's great to be a part of that.

"Our troupe motto is Dance to Express Not Impress."

Miss Babic had been dancing all of her life and said she was excited to finally have the opportunity to compete overseas.

Michelle Capulong from Green Valley auditioned for the crew in March.

She said she wanted to find a place to dance that had a good atmosphere.

"In the past I danced for a school but when it closed I found it hard to find somewhere that had the sort of atmosphere I was looking for," the 20-year-old said.

"This crew really showed you that you need to appreciate what you have and allowed me to express myself."

The Street University Liverpool and Ted Noffs Foundation has committed to provide support to the Pioneers as they raise funds so they can compete at the world championships .

The group has an event at the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club on Saturday.

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