Junior Breaking Championships an arena for youth to shine

 Break dancers front, Taj Ransom (9) from Piarra Waters and Matvey Orlov (9) from Seville Grove. Picture: Jon Hewson d443004e:
Break dancers front, Taj Ransom (9) from Piarra Waters and Matvey Orlov (9) from Seville Grove. Picture: Jon Hewson d443004e:

YOUNG upcoming break dancer Taj Ransom, from Piara Waters, will show off his best moves at the Junior Breaking Championships at Cockburn Youth Centre this Saturday.

He took up breaking two years ago and mum Tara said he could not get enough.

�As soon as he saw Rush (dancer teacher) doing what he does, he just said �I want to do that�,� she said.

�He�s a shy kid but he�s completely different when he�s breaking.�

Taj will also be joined by Seville Grove’s Matvey Orlov .

The two nine-year-olds are set up to impress after a lot of practice under the guideance of dance teacher Rush Wepiha, who said there were no shortcuts to mastering the craft.

Wepiha�s resume includes choreography for television shows and five Australia Bboy Championships.

He began his career on the streets of New Zealand and credits the dance element of hip-hop from keeping off a troubled path in life.

�It kind of kept me on track because when I got into it I was like �damn, I�ve got to practise to be good. I can�t hang out with the guys I am anymore�,� he said.

�I knew I was going to have to train a lot. It teaches you a lot of good things; it teaches you to be healthy, be strong, respect.�

Breaking has taken Wepiha to all parts of the world, but one of his major focuses now is bringing through the next crop of future stars.

�Out of all the cities in Australia, Perth is probably the most talented in terms of what the youth have here,� he said.

Wepiha said the competition would �open a lot of people�s minds to what kids can do�.

More than 100 kids are expected to compete at this weekend�s Junior Breaking Championships.