Girls in good cheer

Peppermint Dance Company athletes.
Peppermint Dance Company athletes.

This weekend, three teams of dancers and cheerleaders from Peppermint Dance Company � Opulence, Legacy and Sovereigns � will compete in the Australasian Oceania preliminary competition at Arena Joondalup.

If they make it through the preliminary stage in Perth, they will go on to the Oceania Finals at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on September 25.

Dance teachers Lori Lockyer and Kiri Penter said they were confident the teams would perform well at the finals and qualify for the World Cup Cheer and Dance competition Asia Pacific Grand Internationals.

�We know that they will be up against some of Australia�s and Asia Pacific�s best,� Ms Lockyer said. �The athletes are very excited about being able to watch some of the teams they look up to.�

The teams will compete in a range of dance styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, pom and cheerleading.

Ms Lockyer said each of the routines had different �wow� factors, with dancers performing tumbles, lifts and throws.

�The teams have been training together several times a week in preparation for this event.

�For most girls, this will be their first major competition and as the countdown becomes smaller, some of the girls are becoming nervous.

�But for the most part, the girls are very excited about this opportunity and have worked really hard to ensure they are physically and mentally prepared.�

Teams from all over Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region compete for the chance to be named Grand Champions in either dance or cheer.

All teams have the opportunity to win their way to international events, including the IASF Cheer and Dance Worlds held in the US.