SMOOTH MOVES: ID Co hip-hop crew win silver at the World Hip-Hop Championships in Las Vegas, from left, Joshua Cesan, Brosnan Ackerman, Riley Bourne and Gabriel Sutton watch on as Jackson Tuarae completes a back flip.
Thirty dancers might sound like a logistical nightmare but an in-sync Auckland crew have walked away with second place on the world stage.
ID Co is a group of around 30 dancers which sprung from the Identity Dance Crew in Balmoral.
Identity, the original eight-strong crew, have a strong track record at the World Hip-Hop Championships.
But this year the group stretched things even further and danced away with second place in the mega crew section.
Forty-five groups from 41 countries competed in the category in front of an audience of 10,000 at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Crew leader Joshua Cesan says a lot of effort went into securing the result.
“We’ve really got serious this year, we really buckled down and wanted to make something of it,” he said.
“We had to juggle our jobs and what we do in our other lives to practise whenever we could – so if it was from 9pm to 1am we just had to do what we had to do.”
The 21-year-old says the world stage opens youngsters’ minds to the possibilities of dance.
“There is a lot more to do in dance than competitions,” he said.
“As much as it is awesome to go and do really well at competitions it is only the start of some of our dance careers.”
Several of the crew members are studying at Mt Albert Grammar School or are former students.
It was 16-year-old MAGS student Gabriel Sutton’s first time on the world stage.
“It was really cool seeing all these dancers from around the world in one place at one time.”
He said placing so high was simply the cherry on the top.
“We weren’t really expecting it.
“They were counting down the crews and they got to top five and we started going ‘OK, what has happened here, are we actually going to come anywhere’. So when they called out second everyone’s emotions just went crazy.”
He said being part of a mega crew means the group can feed off each other during the performance.
“You know that everyone has your back and even though you are one in a 30-man crew you feel more because everyone gives more.”
Mt Albert Grammar School head of dance Jacqui Cesan said the competition is the equivalent of the “Olympics for dancers”.