Hip hop dancer taking on the world

Expressing his love through dance.

Expressing his love through dance.

Gisborne hip-hop dancer Paul Hawaikirangi will compete at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds Festival in Sydney next month. WSB is the largest and most prestigious international street dance competition in the Southern Hemisphere but for Paul it will be more than a competition. It will be the chance for him to express, through dance, his love for his mother and grandmother, both of whom passed away last month. Paul is pictured with the trophy he won for finishing third in the open solo at the Battlegrounds NZ champs, which qualified him for the WSB. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A Gisborne man will dance for his late mother and grandmother on the world stage next month.

Paul Hawaikirangi will take on the world’s best at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds XV(WSB), in Sydney on October 11.

He has qualified for the biggest and most prestigious international street dance competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

He will dedicate his dancing to his grandmother “Nanny Peep” and his mother Donna Hawaikirangi, both of whom passed on last month.

“I wanted to make them proud.

“It is more than just a competition for me.

“It will be a chance to express through dance how much I love both my Mum and my Nan,” he said.

Paul said he was the little kid at school who was always doing handstands in class and would try to copy or create new dance moves.

A couple days ago, Paul found a note his mother had written, encouraging him ‘to do his best’, which is also said by his father.

“Dad always says ‘Son, whatever you do make sure you do your best’.

“He inspires me every day to be strong”.

“I think dance is a beautiful thing and can be brought out in many ways.

“Those I have danced with have helped me grow as a dancer.

“I am moved by anyone who believes in themselves, works hard for what they want and those who trust their heart by learning and giving back to others,” he said.

There are many more styles of dance and hip-hop that Paul would like to learn but his main style of dancing is a combination of breakdance, krump, house, popping and locking.

“When thinking of moves, I look at the world around me or objects, and add it to my story,” he said.

Paul hopes to make a career with his dancing.

He is starting a project called Pride Lands where he wants to work with New Zealand artists, places, people and culture.

It will be made up of clips on his Instagram — bolo3000.

To raise money to get to the world champs in Sydney, he will hold a performance and dance workshop on September 15 at Freedom Fitness in the Army Hall.

The day is for everyone to have fun and express themselves.

It is $5 a class and goes from 10am.

You can register at the door.

A Gisborne man will dance for his late mother and grandmother on the world stage next month.

Paul Hawaikirangi will take on the world’s best at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds XV(WSB), in Sydney on October 11.

He has qualified for the biggest and most prestigious international street dance competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

He will dedicate his dancing to his grandmother “Nanny Peep” and his mother Donna Hawaikirangi, both of whom passed on last month.

“I wanted to make them proud.

“It is more than just a competition for me.

“It will be a chance to express through dance how much I love both my Mum and my Nan,” he said.

Paul said he was the little kid at school who was always doing handstands in class and would try to copy or create new dance moves.

A couple days ago, Paul found a note his mother had written, encouraging him ‘to do his best’, which is also said by his father.

“Dad always says ‘Son, whatever you do make sure you do your best’.

“He inspires me every day to be strong”.

“I think dance is a beautiful thing and can be brought out in many ways.

“Those I have danced with have helped me grow as a dancer.

“I am moved by anyone who believes in themselves, works hard for what they want and those who trust their heart by learning and giving back to others,” he said.

There are many more styles of dance and hip-hop that Paul would like to learn but his main style of dancing is a combination of breakdance, krump, house, popping and locking.

“When thinking of moves, I look at the world around me or objects, and add it to my story,” he said.

Paul hopes to make a career with his dancing.

He is starting a project called Pride Lands where he wants to work with New Zealand artists, places, people and culture.

It will be made up of clips on his Instagram — bolo3000.

To raise money to get to the world champs in Sydney, he will hold a performance and dance workshop on September 15 at Freedom Fitness in the Army Hall.

The day is for everyone to have fun and express themselves.

It is $5 a class and goes from 10am.

You can register at the door.

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