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Legacy Dance Crew


Mon 12 May 2008, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Student: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Sarah Hunter

'The Chronicles' is a fast-paced and inspirational show from Legacy Dance Crew, taking us through the chronicles of hip hop from a Pacific perspective. Fresh from winning second place at the National Hip Hop Champs and a sell-out season in Wellington, Legacy is one of the worlds leading Pacific Island hip hop dance crews.

Based in the Hurricane City, with Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island and Fijian dancers, Legacy blends the full range of contemporary hip hop with an outlook unique to the Pacific, mashing up comedy, theatre and high-energy, breath taking hip hop and urban dance as a vehicle to interact, inspire and communicate positive messages.

Ben Uili from Legacy says their group started two years ago in their garages and on the streets, and that “the more you work, the more things start to happen. Our message is with anything you do, don’t give up.”

He says the crew only missed the top spot at the national champs by 0.5 points, and are excited about repeating the high energy dance routine especially for The Big Bang outdoor extravaganza on the opening weekend of ERUPT as well as performing the one hour show, 'The Chronicles' at the Great lake Centre.

The focus for Legacy after ERUPT is fund raising $40,000 so they can travel to represent NZ at the World Hip Hop Championship at Las Vegas in July.

Legacy Dance Crew won the 2008 New Zealand Festival Fringe “Best Newcomers Award”, and were Highly Commended for the “Dance Award”. The crew was a finalist in the 2006 Hip Hop Dance Championship, Los Angeles and Winner of Dance Extravaganza 2006, Wellington.

Legacy Dance Crew is proving a hit with all ages, with one email sent to ERUPT HQ in Taupo talking about booking a bus to bring students and friends to the show at The Great Lake Centre.

The message said ‘I'm from Waiouru. We were down in Wellington during the Fringe Festival and decided to try something different. As we are mid 40s who had never seen a hip hop show we thought we would branch out and see what our teenage kids enjoy. Well we braved the youth and didn't regret it, Legacy were such a high impact show with the sheer joy on their faces so apparent, it was a pleasure to watch them. Those coming with us are a mix of my son and his hostel friends from Rotorua Boys High, together with some more of our young friends from here and a few more 'oldies' that we have talked into spreading their cultural wings. All in all we can't wait.’

And a Dominion Post review of The Chronicles in Welli said; “LGC is a force to be reckoned with. The pulse and beat of these dozen fighting-fit performers brings the kamikaze energy of street dance into the theatre.”